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Friday, June 03, 2011


over the past two or three spark biggest loser challenges, i've developed a check off sheet to keep me on track. i love making check off sheets. it helps me feel so organized.

i do a little spreadsheet, get it all neat and nice. cut it to fit a small stenopad notebook, run them off, cut them up, paste enough weekly pages for the whole challenge,

and then......

at the end of the challenge.....

there they sit, all nice and neat in that little stenopad notebook. the first week might have a few checks in it, but none afterwards?

i don't think that i am alone in this. what is there about me/us that makes us drop the ball and NOT FOLLOW THROUGH????

i had set this same goal for myself again for the summer challenge. i am even printing, cutting and pasting little reminder sheets to put on my mirror, frig, cpu, in my car, to remind me to FOLLOW THROUGH.

does anyone have any other suggestions to share that helps you follow through?

i'm gonna check back at the end of the summer meltdown and see just how much i've improved by FOLLOW THROUGH using my charts.


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    Bdrfli has a good idea and I have to do things 1st thing also...or I just get too darn busy!
One thing that NATF does with here exercise chart is to hang it where she sees it and each day she does the routine planned she gets to put a sticker on it. Maybe you could do that...just take a page from a monthly calendar and every day you use your chart, give yourself a sticker. It might be a good visual motivator.

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GEORGIA_KAY 6/4/2011 5:37AM

    I agree with BDRFLI...make sparking a top priority, and try to do it first thing in the morning. Then you have such a good feeling of accomplishment tucked under your belt for the entire day. That feeling alone makes the whole endeavor worthwhile :)

Make yourself feel good! :)

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BDRFLI-TREKS 6/3/2011 2:34PM

    The only way I have managed to be consistent with is to do it first thing in the morning when I wake up. I try to get all of the points I can get in the morning because as the day goes on, it becomes less important. By the end of the day, I would be tired.

I guess my suggestion to you is to make it super high priority to do first thing in the morning. Or at least to set your mindset for it first thing in the morning. If you wait until lunch to do it, the momentum dies down.

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Compulsive Eaters May Have 'Food Addiction,' Study Finds

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Compulsive Eaters May Have 'Food Addiction,' Study Finds
you can find the article by just typing the title in the spark page SEARCH box. or give this a try:

this is a great article that talks about food addiction. it says when we just LOOK at pics of a chocolate milk shake it activates the brain's reward circuitry.

spark has such great articles. give them a try, especially this one.

one quote that really spoke to me from this study is this:

"We beat ourselves up in this society: 'This is my fault,'" Gearhardt said. "When we finally decided to see alcohol having the potential to cause an addictive process, we stopped blaming people and started helping people."

let me know what you think of this health research.

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JIBBIE49 6/3/2011 7:46PM

    It still isn't an excuse since we have MANY choices for food and people who claim to be addicted to food DON'T binge on steak, boiled eggs, broccoli, etc. Dr. Atkins talked about this in his book "The NEW Diet Revolution." He said to keep a dozen hard boiled eggs in the refrigerator when you wanted to binge and make yourself start eating them. He said that NO ONE would eat all 12 and the binge feeling would have time to pass. We don't binge on protein.

CANDIDA YEAST live on sugar, so I'd find out if a person who says they are addicted to food has been tested for it.

Rachael Heller, PhD and Richard Heller, PhD wrote "The Stress Eaters Cure" and they say the GLUTAMATE that is in our food is what is the problem. It is listed as "natural flavoring" but it is like MSG and it makes lab rats fat and they CRAVE more of the food. They recommend NOT eating processed food, but staying with eating "clean."

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STUMBLENA 4/5/2011 8:48PM

    I've been saying i was an addict for years. It's about time they caught on to this.

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    i agree.
i think i'll write and tell them how much i liked that article. emoticon

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    i guess since i am addicted to something, i'd rather it be food.
i have such empathy for those who are addicted to alcohol and drugs that you shoot into your veins.

if they keep looking at food addiction as a disease, maybe they will find a cure???

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GEORGIA_KAY 4/5/2011 6:35PM

    I read the article too and this is the part that really struck home with me--as I've always blamed a large part of "Globesity" on the advertising industry:

"What I see as a bigger concern is really our food environment. If you think of these cues as starting to trigger the problem, the worst environment you could possibly be in is the one we have," said Gearhardt. "All the billboards, all the vending machines. If you changed each of these into an alcohol cue and you were trying to recover from alcoholism, it would be impossible."

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IRENEHUD 4/5/2011 6:08PM

    I totally agree that over eating is an addiction with food and that many people have it. Unfortunately you can't just give up all food like you can alcohol and drugs.

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HELEN_BRU 4/5/2011 5:20PM

    I just read some place (not here) that the withdrawal from certain foods can be worse than from crack!

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SNELSON61 4/5/2011 4:55PM

    I read this article this morning and I caught it on the news today. I truly believe now that food can be addictive. For the first 3 weeks of my diet, I feel like I went through withdrawls. I couldn't understand and then I realized it was the same feelings that I had when I quit smoking.

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FOOTPRINTS (updated for DI)

Sunday, March 06, 2011


I copied this from frosty99's blog (thank you frosty99) for my dear Sprak Friend Di:

This new version of the "footprints" story really caught me off guard at the end...What a blessing.. IT'S AWESOME!!!

Imagine you and the Lord Jesus are walking down the road together. For much of the way, the Lord's footprints go along steadily, consistently, rarely varying the pace.

But your footprints are a disorganized stream of zigzags, starts, stops, turnarounds, circles, departures, and returns. For much of the way, it seems to go like this, but gradually your footprints come more in line with the Lord's, soon paralleling, His consistently.

You and Jesus are walking as true friends!

This seems perfect, but then an interesting thing happens: Your footprints that once etched the sand next to Jesus' are now walking precisely in His steps.Inside His larger footprints are your smaller ones, you and Jesus are becoming one.

This goes on for many miles, but gradually you notice another change. The footprints inside the large footprints seem to grow larger.

Eventually they disappear altogether. There is only one set of footprints. They have become one.

This goes on for a long time, but suddenly the second set of footprints is back. This time it seems even worse! Zigzags all over the place. Stops. Starts. Gashes in the sand. A variable mess of prints.

You are amazed and shocked.Your dream ends. Now you pray: "Lord, I understand the first scene, with zigzags and fits. I was a new Christian; I was just learning. But You walked on through the storm and helped me learn to walk with You."

"That is correct."
"And when the smaller footprints were inside of Yours, I was actually learning to walk in Your steps, following You very closely."

"Very good. You have understood everything so far."
When the smaller footprints grew and filled in Yours, I suppose that I was becoming like You in every way."

"So, Lord, was there a regression or something? The footprints separated, and this time it was worse than at first."

There is a pause as the Lord answers, with a smile in His voice.
"You didn't know? It was then that we danced

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_KATHY 3/7/2011 5:31PM

    awwwwwwwwwww :)

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CAKAROO 3/7/2011 6:05AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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Saturday, February 12, 2011


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    i bought my trekking poles at tuesday morning for a huge savings.

i did take them to europe - 7 countries - and enjoyed them sooo much. i could not have done ALLLLL of that 'trekking' without those poles.

there were several ppl sitting down catching their breath who wanted to know where i got them.

i don't think you have to buy ones that cost a mint. they collapsed and fit right in the suitcase.

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BARBARAJ73 6/3/2011 11:41AM

    Just saw your post... which ones did you buy? have you been using them? RU still happy with them?

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LINDAINALABAMA 2/20/2011 10:13PM

    yes, i think you will like them if you get a set. let me know.

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GEORGIA_KAY 2/18/2011 10:13PM

    Fantastic! I have a friend on here--BevAnne...(she's a Blue Sapphire Beauty too) who absolutely swears by her walking poles. I've been meaning to look into buying some of them.

Your post has reminded of that, so thanks for posting---and good job on all the walking!!!


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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Hey All,

I read the spark article today that told me I am probably an ENDOMORPH...pear shaped, and will probably still be even when I lose weight and get fit.

That my body "seems to pull calories out of thin air, and deposit fat on my hips". I agree 100%. My younger sis weighs 70 pounds less than i do and eats twice as much food. If you ask her she will say this is true.

But she is up moving a lot of the time and I like to do my exercise , get it out of the way, and sit down for most of the rest of the day.

Like the Spark Fly Lady challenge suggests, I am back to setting my timer several times a day for 45 minutes and then get up and do SOMETHING - clean house, yard work, etc. for just 15 minutes.

I already KNEW all of this, but it helps to be reminded from time to remember, it's not me failing to lose 5 pounds a week, it's my body type wanting me to get up and move and eat healthy.

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ROSEMAID 2/12/2011 7:40AM

    What a great idea to set your timer. I'll give it a try. emoticon

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