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My goals for winter challenge...

Monday, December 19, 2011

My #1 goal is to get back on the horse - errrr wagon - stationary bike, lift weights, drink water, stick to low carbs..

My #2 goal is to lose 15 pounds during this winter challenge...5%

My #3 goal is to read something inspirational every single day.

as simple as that!!! no bells and whistles. as nike says - just do it.

linda in bama emoticon

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PATRISNA 12/21/2011 9:22AM


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BESTCK 12/19/2011 4:19PM

    Go Beauty! You can do it!

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Great plan!

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YAGERMONSTER 12/19/2011 4:32AM

    That's what I'm talking about. Realistic goals with positive results. :D

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MAVERICK59 12/19/2011 2:07AM

    Hi- This seems like a reasonable and realistic list of goals.
I believe you can reach these goals, one day at a time.

Belinda emoticon

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my quote

Monday, December 05, 2011

"When your legs get tired, run with your heart"

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YAGERMONSTER 12/9/2011 5:13AM

    Good attitude... I like it. :D

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MAVERICK59 12/5/2011 7:08PM

    Nice way to think about it. Thank you for sharing.


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TERRIJ_1 12/5/2011 12:04PM

    LOVE IT !!!!! emoticon emoticon

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TERRIJ_1 12/5/2011 12:04PM

    LOVE IT !!!!! emoticon emoticon

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DIFROMWYOMING 12/5/2011 9:27AM


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I'm A Stuck Snow Globe

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Hey Spark Buddies,

The new Biggest Loser Winter Challenge sign ups are happening now. If you have not joined a team or don't know how but want to, let me know.

The Winter Challenge got me thinking about where I am RIGHT NOW.

And right now...I am feeling like one of those Snow Globes you see around Christmas Time. (While You Were Sleeping is a great movie about how a snow globe helped change Sandra Bullock's life)

So... I'm feeling stuck. I'm not exercising. I'm not eating healthy. I'm not chatting with my Spark Sisters. The only thing I'm doing is drinking my water and getting my sleep.

I need somebody or someone to take my snow globe and give it a good shake. Wouldn't it be great if eating healthy and losing weight was that simple? But then you'd need a shaking conveyor-type belt to keep it shaking or everything would just settle down again.

How do we keep our body, mind, emotions, spirit all working at the same time? How do we keep LIFE from keeping us down and STUCK when we get knocked down by someone/something.....LIFE?

How do YOU do it?


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    thanks everyone for posting,

today.... i'm thinking it's about not shooting for perfection.

like di says... don't quite, hang in there with spark. i love having spark to always come back to. kinda like a favorite puppy that always accepts you no matter where you are on the path.

thanks all,

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DGILBRIDE1949 11/3/2011 1:36PM

    I like to set goals and keep them visual.
Say, for example, that I want to walk the West Highland Way....a 95 mile walk from Glasgow to Ft. Williams, Scotland..I get pictures, articles, maps (Lonely Planet is great), whatever I can find on my goal and I post them on the refrigerator, the bathroom mirror, above my computer, on the visor of the car, at work, etc. That way I am always reminded of what I am aiming for.
If the weather is such that I must stay inside, I put on disco music and
Whatever it takes to keep that snow globe moving.

(While You Were Sleeping is one of my favorites!)

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THISISIT-PA 11/3/2011 12:14AM

    I keep my long-term goals clearly in my mind. Do I want this 10-minutes-of-taste-good food or do I want to be able to walk pain-free? The choice is mine.

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MICKEYMAX 11/2/2011 9:36PM

    I go through phases, and right now I am jonesing to bust out of it. I am so sick of living a less than life, that I am willing to do something different.

I can do it - so can you!

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DIFROMWYOMING 11/2/2011 9:30PM

    Sadly, I don't. I let myself get bogged down and pretty soon I think I'm just adding snow to the bottom of my globe so it will be too heavy to shake.
I know making your action equal your intention is the real simple answer....
but it isn't that easy to do sometimes.
I don't know the answer to this, Linda. I just keep coming back. I just refuse to quit.
I figure if I don't quit, I'll someday figure it out, or die trying.
It's somehow easier than dying while not trying...maybe not much, but to me it is.

Hang in there. We love you!

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MRSJERRYBUSH 11/2/2011 7:21PM

    Thank you Mizzchief! I like your philosophy. Now to follow through......

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BESTCK 11/2/2011 6:12PM

    I wish I knew the easy answer to your question. Mostly? I just don't give up and try to cut myself some slack. I did so well through the Halloween season and then today I just gave myself permission not to worry about it. I don't want to give myself an out, but I know that this month is going to be fraught with food traps so I'm going to have to step up my exercise somehow.

Move more; eat less. And if I can't eat less; move a LOT more, I guess?

LOL. I'll let you know how it works out.

Sorry that your life is giving you troubles. Can you use Sparking to help you focus on the positive?

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MZZCHIEF 11/2/2011 4:27PM

    My something is to align my actions with my intentions and everything just seems to take care of itself.

Simple but it works!

: )

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why is it?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

why is it that when things don't go our way, we reach for dessert or whatever our trigger food is?

why is it when i was so close to losing 5% during the biggest loser spring challenge that i jumped off track and gained it all back when i learned that i needed a pace maker.

why is it when i started the new fall biggest loser challenge this week, that i had to have desserts/chocolate when i had surgery on my face to remove a cancerous place.

why is it that i have to have my comfort foods at what i might call LOW TIMES in my day or week.

does anyone have an answer?

linda in bama

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KRW4LIFE 9/16/2011 11:43AM

    I think this is the best blog i have read so far. Way to put yourself out there and let us know that you are struggling. Somethimes I feel like I am the only self destructing and it is nice to know that I am not alone. I will be your comfort card buddy. emoticon emoticon

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PINKAMBER18 9/16/2011 10:15AM

    I had a similar struggle this week. I needed an emergency root canal on Tuesday and they finished it Thursday. I found myself using that as an excuse for many many things (ie; not exercising (my mouth hurt), not making dinner (the pain meds made me tired), not eating good (I'm miserable, shouldn't I get to at least eat what I want?) But, it is over, and I can go back to my healthier ways. And you can too :) We are in this together!

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PATRISNA 9/16/2011 9:03AM

    Linda I love the idea of comfort cards. I will make one to put in in my journal. I keep my journal by my computer to write down quotes. I have a sparkling Blue journal I started Just for the Sapphire team. My sparkling purple journal is full of stuff from Spark people and other things I have found to motivate me.

I also have the emotional eating problem. I think we all turn to food for comfort and that is why we are here. This whole journey is about changing our lifestyle to a healthier one. You have such great ideas! thanks for this blog and posting it on the jammies thread.

I agree with Di and Georgia you are a strong determined woman and you will succeed. We are so lucky to have such great friends and this web site.

Dermatologists do that! They see a mole or spot and just say here let me burn that off. Ouch... or start cutting a suspect spot for a biopsy and it really is surgery because they take quite a chunk out to make sure they get everything. Been there.
So I can understand how shocked your were.


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BESTCK 9/16/2011 7:49AM

    This is why emoticon! Because I had this same issue this week. I left work feeling really stressed and bad and asking myself, "How do I feel better without eating?"

I'm finding the Nap works for me. (I'd love the idea of a bath. Sadly, my tub is too small to be of any relaxation and I can't get in and out of it without feeling like a circus act.) I know I don't get enough sleep during the night, so when I find myself struggling with food, I just lay down until a healthy solution comes to mind.

Unfortunately, this is counter productive to the problem of "I don't want to exercise!", but we're working on that.

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LINDAINALABAMA 9/14/2011 10:35PM


to hear from my friends on this very sensitive topic just absolutely brings tears to my eyes.

i need to say to myself an I statement --- I NEED COMFORTING

and i'm gonna make me a COMFORT CARD of 3 things i can do to comfort myself without food and put it on the frig - RIGHT THIS MINUTE.

how about:

1 - I comfort myself with my dogs

2 - I comfort myself with a nap

3 - I comfort myself with yogurt or bengal spice tea - even if it takes enough to float a boat.

thanks so much!!!

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GEORGIA_KAY 9/14/2011 10:20PM

    Hello....did you write this--or did I? LOL

I did the same thing--I'm ashamed to say. destructive eating isn't anything new for's an old habit that I work very hard to break. I'm not always successful, but I keep on trying. Know what? So do you!!! Di is right, you're still here, still trying, still challenging yourself and you truly are a wonderful, strong, loving human being that I am so proud and grateful to call "friend". Don't knock yourself so much for reaching for the old, comfort really is an ingrained--almost instinctive habit for those of us who self medicate this way. It will take time and patience, but you can do it. We can do it together!

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MSCANELA 9/14/2011 7:49PM

  Why?because you associate COMFORT with sweets. You need comforting. You want to feel safe, secure and comforted. it is as simple as that.

In times of stress that is what we humans do. The thing is to slowly learn to replace the food that comforts us with something else. Replace it perhaps with a massage, or soaking in the tub, a well deserved nap. The key is to do this new "activity" everytime you feel down in order to replace the good old stand by of sweets.

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DIFROMWYOMING 9/14/2011 5:25PM

    I wish I knew the answer to this...for me I think it is that I am used to using food for comfort and to deal with my emotions, so when my emotions are running that is what I turn to...and sometimes it is to numb myself from feeling at all.
Might be something different for you. But here is what I do know: I know you did lose 5% in the challenge and that no matter what happened you were here, exercising and challenging yourself. I know that no matter what happens to you - you do not quit on yourself and even if you have a blip on the scale you come back and keep trying. And I know you will keep doing just that because you are a wonderful, strong and loving person who deserves to enjoy all the things life brings to you.
Hugs, Di

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Hey Everyone,

i've been asked by my Sapphire Spark Biggest Loser Team to write a blog about where I am for the fall challenge.

Right now I am sitting right in the middle of RELAPSE. Let's just call a spade a spade. I know it all has to do with me getting a very unexpected pace maker implanted on aug. 10th. I appreciate 'polly' so much. and i celebrate my good luck at accidentially finding out that i need 'HER' - by eating chocolate every single day. i have some hidden right here in my cpu desk.

BUT..... I am moving in to the CONTEMPLATIVE phase b/c as soon as I finish this blog, I'm CONTEMPLATING going back to the websites and see when i can start exercising and how much. i forgot to ask the doc. it has been two weeks tomorrow. the st. jude tech said that i could walk at any time - but i've kinda ignored that b/c of the torn - but healing - ligament in my knee. can't we find all kinds of excuses??? i found that i couldn't have knee surgery until i got the pacemaker and now my knee feels so much better, that i may put that off.

THEN....i'M gonna move again into the PREPARATION phase when i find out about the exercise and start doing what i can in the mornings. i've learned through SPARK that i do like to exercise and i do like drinking my water. I also PREPARED today by getting sugar free chocolate pudding mix and 0% milk so i can have my chocolate and eat it too.

SO..... by the time sept. 6-7 comes around i will be ready to spring in to the ACTION phase and put all of these components together b/c i know that my sapphie spark team needs me and i need them.

SO....... LET'S GO TEAM!!!!

LINDA emoticon

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BESTCK 8/26/2011 7:21AM

    Linda! Please take good care of yourself and follow the DR.'s instructions so you can be fit and ready to get back to your wonderful self. Something like that would have sent me into a full on eating binge, the likes of which you've never seen. Good for you for knowing where you are and where you need to go.

Look forward to working with you on the team.

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DIFROMWYOMING 8/24/2011 8:34PM

    Linda what a thoughtful blog! You obviously have put some thought into this (I think you're in contemplative as we speak!) and gathering information about the kinds of exercises you can do is a wonderful first step! I'm proud of you for taking such good care of my sapphire sister!

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