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Goals for 2012 - First full year of retirement

Friday, December 30, 2011


JESUS = devotional plan for the year :
1.Read the New Testament through in my Serenity Bible NKJV in the mornings and parallell that with my new worship NIV Bible in the evenings.
2.I want to clear my devotional reading shelves in the library - keeping the meaningful ones, gifting or dicarding those I no longer treasure.
3.I want my "Huddle" comments to be scripture or lines from songs
4.Strive to improve my prayer life, Abide in Jesus and He abide in me.

OTHERS = Study, share and move into my call to Grief Ministry
1.Comfort others as I have been comforted, through the stages of prepatory grief, planning and giving care, loss and greiving stages.

YOU = Oh, that is me.
1. Maintain Gluten Free life style with 5 fruits and veggies per day... increase # of Veggies to 5 per day and keep 3 fruits.
2. Learn and live low carb lifestyle for weight loss and improve health away from pre-diabetic symptoms and family Hx
2a. Find one new Gluten free-Low Carb - Vegan recipe each week - try it and record it and share with a Spark team by Friday of each week.
3. Daily use of pedometer and gradually increase # of steps with deliberate walking or treadmilling starting 5min per day x 4 days per week
4 Find and maintain good range of motion stretches for Fybromyalgia

SIMPLIFY = declutter mind, home and life
1.Streamline book-keeping ... without the home daycare business I have had for 28 years, this should come easier ... but still have the farm/truck-garden paperwork
2.Get brutal in getting rid of stuff from our home - treasure what I keep and get rid of other through gifting, selling or garbage.
2a. Clear, clean, organize ONE shelf or drawer per day x 4days per week
3.Make choices about what I do in life and where I go and with whom -
3a. Learn to say NO to too much or negative things and
3b. Say YES to things that are positives for me and my family!
4.Continue Frugality study and implementation of those principles.

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SAL1512 1/8/2012 10:15PM

    Good to see the use of a pedometer in your goals. It is one handy device! It will really help you!
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HEALTHYBARB1 12/31/2011 4:42PM

    OH...LINDA...I so love the JOYS acronym and how you used it to set your applicable to my life too!!! Going to use it too!!! Thanks for positive way to look at our commitments and we all need a little more joy in our days!!! Smiles Barb

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TEDDYBEARDONNA 12/31/2011 9:31AM

    Looks good to me

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RAINBOWFALLS 12/30/2011 7:52PM

    Great goals.

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Passed the half year mark with active Sparking

Thursday, August 04, 2011

August 1 was my half year anniversary - pleased with 15 pounds gone and no threat of it reaturning!! Maybe I lost the yoyo that has hounded me all my life. Going gluten free the first of the year has also helped eliminate some temptations and has definitely improved general health and decreased the pain levels of fybromyalgia.
HAve had grief with losses of dear ones this month - and have not done the usual emotional eating -
Continuing goals of accountability and use of pedometer - have never entered a true exercise program...someday - just keeping track of steps taken and trying to get in a few more to meet goals is a big help to me. Calorie counting and portion control with food scale are also big helps and requirements for me. And the encouragement of others here is wonderful!
I will "Keep on Keepin' on" God bless you every one!

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HEIDISHOPE 11/19/2011 4:47PM

    Excellent job on the 'no emotional eating' while dealing with losses. I can't imagine.

I have not been tested as you have yet on my emotional eating. All I've had to deal with so far is cravings and emotional during my monthly cycle. I'm picking healthier things to distract my cravings or to replace them and I'm not binging, but I do go over my calories, fat, and carbs for a few days.


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HEALTHYBARB1 8/10/2011 11:26AM

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Good job Linda!! Glad to be on this spark health road with you! So appreciate your encouragement, prayers and sharing of life with me. You are one special sparkbuddy!! Hugs and Smiles Barb

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NANCYLEE46 8/6/2011 10:55AM

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I am inspired on by your sharing, thank goodness you are on one of my teams - it keeps me back to basics and oh the Blessings of Prayer and friendship.

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Month 5 done - on to July and #6 for me

Friday, July 01, 2011

And finally I broke the plateau and lost one more pound!!
>Goal of treadmill did not happen - the right knee just does not allow that activity and time to admit it probably for all time - so who uses a stationary bike vs elliptical? I am thinking the bike is an investment to be made.
>Pedometer is great tool for me - it really tells me the truth about my activity every day - I ear it from first potty stop till pajama time at night and get them all recorded - if close to a goal, I walk around the house till it clicks into the round number nearest to what it was - Great incentive for me - i am raising my goal by 500 on that area but no other defined exercises as i leave the daycare life of 30+ years and head to the garden and Farmer's markets with my husband for two months. Should be interesting!!
> managed the drop in calories very well so will continue on the 1000 to 1200 level -
> the gluten free lifestyle [for my fibromyalgia and daughter's celiac and sever airborne wheat allergy] has done well for six months and will be a lifelong change for me.
So I love the accountability of Sparks, I am encouraged but my teams and this is another good month coming up YEAH SPARKS have to also show pride and sense of accomplishment in making it to level 11 trophy yesterday!! God bless you every one.

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RGEETING 7/10/2011 2:30AM

    Your excitement is contagious! :-) Have a great weekend!

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HEALTHYBARB1 7/3/2011 11:34PM

    Hi Linda- I use a recumbent exercise bike and it has worked well for me with my fibromyalgia and back related issues. My friend has knee issues and uses one as well. I think it is my favorite form of exercise and I love to ride my bike and read a book or listen to music to pass the time. Recumbent bikes feel like you are sitting in a chair and are more comfortable that the regular seat variety. I have been able to exercise even when having fibro pain with this style of bike. I recommend that you sit on one in the store before you buy it to make sure it is comfortable for you. I also love the fact that the seat and leg portion of mine slide together to take up less space in the room when not in use. Congrats on your 1 pound lost. Keep up the good work. Hugs Barb emoticon

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NANA717 7/2/2011 11:21AM

    Congratulations on your progress and here's to a great new month for both of us!

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day 143 Tee Hee..happier life!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

I see other blogs that say Day #_ _ and I am always curious ..."Day of what"
Well this is day #143 since I returned to Spark people on February 1, 2011 and have found treasures of people, support, tracking tools and wealth of information and opportunities to encourage others.

I continue to learn daily and feel healthier although I have only lost 8 pounds in that amount of time, I know I am a bolder witness for my Lord, Jesus Christ; I am healthier in spirit and in body; and I am happier for various reasons.
1-Daughter has moved to within 120 miles of us after being 1200miles away for 7 years
2-I have been gluten free since Jan 1 [hmmm that would be day # 174 GF!!] with improvement in fibromyalgia symptoms and have a kitchen that is GF so daughter feels content and safe to enter, cook and eat her strict wheat and gluten free diet without fear of cross contamination and reactions.
3. -Decision made and confirmed to take two month vacation from my day care business that has held me captive for 28 years! I plan to resume when school starts this fall but this will be a practice run for retirement come next spring!!!
4. -At the same time, I am feeling physically "better" - can't really give a specific, i just feel healthier all over -still get over tired, still have part-timers memory gaps and foggy brain but something is improving.
5. -I highly value my pedometer that shows me i am taking more steps and challenging me to walk more each day!

NOW - Y'all figure out a Day # for yourself and write some reasons you have to celebrate!!
God bless you EVERY ONE of YOU!

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TIGGERIFFIC123 6/23/2011 7:34PM

    So many things to be grateful for!! It is so nice when we take stock and see how many wonderful things are happening to us and around us. CONGRATS on ALL of your SUCCESSES!


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Continuing to work on PORTION CONTROL

Monday, June 06, 2011

One of the suggestions of Spark Diet stage 3 is to blog about a trouble goal .. earlier I was reading and answering Questions and wrote out a sentence:I have always had healthy food - just too much of it!
Portion control is a never ending battle but a few things that have helped me is to get LOTS of containers for one cup, 3/4cup and 1/2 cup with lids to premeasure everything in and to have good things in refrigerator that I can get easily and have right amount. ***Glass baby food jars are perfect for the 1/2 and 3/4 [4 oz and 6 oz]
Also got sugar and sweeteners in individual pkg also helps me "take just one" ....adds a little to the cost but it works for me! Meat divided into indiv portions that are WEIGHED on the SCALE before putting in fridge or freezer has taught me visual amounts and easily cook in known portions.
Finally, daily setting aside a half hour to "study good nutrition" on the internet DAILY has been a tremendous help - some by googling a subject but a lot of spark articles have taught me.
Sparks Food tracking is a great help but I have to KNOW the portions before I write them down so it all comes back to PORTION CONTROL...I SHALL OVERCOME!!!

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ANNIDAVISON 6/28/2011 5:57PM

    Portion control has always been a problem for me, too, so I followed my nan's wartime advice, similar to yours; as food was rationed, she would ALWAYS divide it up into single portions the second she got it home so there would be not temptation to take just a little extra, or error, when you are rushing and hungry. The same advice has worked wonders for me :-) Awesome blog post, keep up the good work.

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SUNRISE14 6/7/2011 6:46AM

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HEALTHYBARB1 6/7/2011 12:29AM

    Linda- I so agree...I eat good food too but often too much and too much of a good thing is really not to good. I have these little bowls of different sizes, 1/4, 1/2 and 1 cup size for snacks, veggies and fruit. Measuring is the only thing that works for me. Thanks for sharing what works for you and reminding me that I am not alone with the portion control issue. Barb

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GETSTRONGRRR 6/6/2011 9:53PM

    good on you! I try to weigh most everything I eat at has really helped me calibrate my eyes for how much to eat (or not eat) on the road.

I like these 2 articles, you may want to take a look:



see if they help

Good luck!

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DEBORAHANNE14 6/6/2011 9:06PM

    I struggle with portion control too - what great ideas you posted. Thank you. emoticon

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SHARILEE_OHIO 6/6/2011 9:02PM

    Great way to do portion control.

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