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How Did Spark Help me in 2012?

Thursday, October 25, 2012

My Biggest Loser Sapphires Beauty Team Leader, Difromwyoming, asked our team to post if Spark helped in any way this year.

The first thing that popoed into my head was - Walmart Birthday Cakes.

My DD and I would shop the day old Bday cakes once a week. I'm not gonna describe how wonderful they are - just take my word for it.

My Spark Team and Spark in general have helped me in lots of ways. And I will continue to explore this question.

But right this minute, I can say, my DD and I have not had a big WM Birthday Cake in months.

We have even stopped buying the FRESH ones for relatives' birthday parties. Now it's a singing card with an iTunes card inside. (brush your hands together - deal done) . emoticon

Before Spark I was not committed to keeping a glass of water at my desk to sip on allll day long.

I didn't do 20 min. of bed yoga before my feet hit the floor in the morning.

I didn't make myself do the very least of walking to the mailbox each day.

I didn't make myself play squeeky toy with my Yorkies - giving them a few minutes of exercise too.

So, yes. I'm not losing a lot of weight. But I've got to be healthier.

Thanks for asking, Di. Yes! Spark has helped me a lot. If nothing else, DD and I no longer have a big day old, marked down, WM Birthday Cake (the cupcake cakes are the best) anymore.

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DARLENEK04 11/4/2012 8:44PM

  Go Linda - Go Linda..............Woohoo

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Darlene in Alabama

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DIFROMWYOMING 10/28/2012 4:32PM

    I love this, Linda. And I faintly remember those but since I can't have them any more I can usually find something else to indulge in! Look at these healthy changes you've made in your life this year, though! That is emoticon

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JERZGURL_NAN 10/28/2012 12:59AM

    I am sorry but I find that birthday cake story really FUNny.Not my weakness so I guess that's why it's funny to me. Pretty proud of you though. and certainly hope dh has been a good sport about sacrificing that tradition with you. Great job on all the changes.

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SHANSHE 10/28/2012 12:42AM

    That's AWESOME!!!! Also, that is a good question...

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MIDROAD 10/26/2012 11:13AM

    That's awesome. Little changes over a long period of time = big, lasting, positive changes

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EMOTIONAL EATING

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Okay, I found out about Virtual Lap Band Surgery at Youtube. You can listen to the actual hypnosis. Several different ones.

I even bought the MP3 from amazon for 99 cents.

Excellent stuff. Makes me eat half the can of soup instead of the whole can, 5 crackers instead of the whole pkg. Eat half of the sandwich, save the other have for later. Working good.

My Sapphire Beauties leader, Jo, is sharing how she is working outside. I go out and rake leaves, move some brush, walk to the mailbox instead of having DD do it for me. I'm moving more. Even walked in my pasture.

But then night time comes. And you can forget it all. I never cook, I open cans. But at night time, I will cook something - a dessert. I try not to keep them in the house, but who doesn't have the ingredients for brownies?

So, DD searched it out and said nothing works, not even hypnosis unless you work on the 5 EMOTIONAL reasons why we sabotage ourselves.

1 - To make others happy - yes, you are overweight so I will be too. You want me to clean my plate, no problem. That pie is really good, and I will have another piece.

2 -To avoid people. If I'm a 'big woman' others/men will leave me alone and I won't be bothered. I won't feel like doing anything so I can sit on the sofa and watch tv.

3 - To comfort myself. I LAUGHED OUT LOUD WHEN DD READ THIS ONE OFF. Somehow we feel deprived, maybe way back in our childhood, and by golly we aren't ever gonna be deprived again. I can have those brownies and ain't nobody telling me I can't. I'm the boss of me.

4 - To deal with stress - Life's a beach and then we dive. Had a hard day, boss riding you all day, too much responsibility, your family needs all of your time, you are taking care of a sick loved one. Eating mashed potatoes with gravy and fried chicken and boom - I'm feeling so good.

5. Can't remember 5. It must not have applied to me.

So, now the question is what do you do about the emotional triggers. I'm gonna go to youtube and see if there is some hypnosis for this. I'm sure there is. And EFT works too, but it's like anything. It won't work if YOU don't work it.

I'm still exploring. In my head...I'm working my plan every day. But when I look at the scale for weigh ins....I must not be working it too well. I'm staying the same, which is better than going backwards. But neither of those choices are my GOALS. My GOALS are to MOVE FORWARD.

I'm going in...

Linda

  
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DIFROMWYOMING 10/18/2012 10:32PM

    I love that you are on this journey of discovery- we can't remain stagnant and whatever you do that works, that makes you feel better, and that is healthy for you emotionally as well as physically: emoticon

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HEYITSLISA 10/18/2012 12:06PM

    Thanks for sharing these Linda. I have no idea why I eat what I do sometimes. I try thinking about it, but it makes my brain hurt... emoticon

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IMREITE 10/18/2012 12:25AM

    i tend to eat out of mental boredom. my mind is not focused so i start munching away at something that is not good for me. i just have a tendency to think i need to eat more than i have too.

it is great that you know which emotion trigger eating then you can make efforts to control it better.

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MSHOPPER63 10/17/2012 9:42PM

    Linda as long as your working your plan the scale will eventually show your hard work. We all judge our progress by the number but there's so much more like lowering blood sugar, blood pressure, making our heart healthier , etc, etc...
Just keep doing what your doing.
Jo

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MIDROAD 10/17/2012 2:15PM

    Much success to you! I believe if we can understand the whys of our behavior, we are that much closer to getting to our goals.

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HANDYV 10/17/2012 1:16PM

    Interesting !!!

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Bob Greene The Life You Want

Saturday, September 29, 2012

My Sapphire Team Leader, Difromwyoming has been reading Bob's book and written some blogs about it.

I'm following along and would like to respond to the points she has mentioned so far.

one/ NEGATIVE SELF TALK
I'm pretty okay with this. I don't say that I'm lazy, fat, wicked. I know I'm overweight and I wish I had more stamina. I could do much better than I do, but I don't say things to others about it. I am trying to do a little more and a little more every day.

two/ UNLESS YOU SAY NO TO OTHERS, YOU WILL NOT SAY NO TO FOOD
I am retired. My daughter and I share a house but we don't put too many demands on each other. She wishes I would clean house more often, and do do I. She wants me to bring in more sweets when I grocery shop but I am saying NO to that. I was raised to be independent and raised my kids that way, so we don't ask too much of each other.

three/ DELAYED GRATIFICATION
This is a good one for me. I use the EAT EVERY THREE HOUR method. It helps me delay eating until the 3 hours rolls around. It is amazing some of the food I eat won't keep me full for 3 hours. My heart doc said I could take a green tea tablet three times a day. That helps curb the appetite a lot.

Thanks Di for posting your readings from Bob's book. I appreciate your posts. They are very helpful. emoticon

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MICKEYMAX 10/4/2012 7:46AM

    I think I will get the book too!

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_KATHY 9/30/2012 12:16PM

    I really need to get this book!

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DIFROMWYOMING 9/30/2012 12:14AM

    I'm glad you were able to review where you are with all this, keep shining the light ahead! emoticon

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MAHGRET 9/29/2012 8:04PM

    Thank you for sharing.

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wooooh is me

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

It's Like I am Lucy and Ethel. I don't know why I continue to do crazy things.

Last week I booked a workshop in AZ on Fri. and was supposed to leave on Sunday. Made the flight and hotel arrangements. I was so excited. Paid my workshop fees. In a rush to quickly get packed.

I called the hotel to confirm the reservation b/c I had made the arrangements with Priceline and I wanted to CONFIRM by phone. The lady made me aware that my dates didn't match, that my reservation was a week off, not that week.

Well, DUH!!! So i would have gone bee bopping over to the airport on Sunday, all packed and ready and they would have sent me back home for a week b/c the flight dates would not have matched either.

Then today, i belong to a national writing group. one of the major players told me a secret. of course, i had to tell my very best friend. the emails for the site had been acting up over night, so when i told my best friend the secret, the message went out to the whole world.

luckily someone caught it, and the message up was up maybe only 5 min. and it is a work day, so maybe not many saw it, but my gosh, is there a dark cloud over my head??? when someone says this is a secret, keep it a dang secret!!! how hard is that???

and b/c i've been so excited about the workshop and trip to AZ, i've been eating, not behaving for my spark team!!! AND WORST STILL, i forgot to weigh in today on time for my Sapphire Team. I thought it was Tuesday.

is there a cave somewhere i can go crawl into and put on sack cloth and ashes?

is anyone else like this? is there a full moon?

linda

  
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KABOOPER 9/18/2012 4:15PM

    OMG! I hate when stuff like that happens and you get all hot and flustered and panic!
Glad it was recalled.
I hope you have a GREAT trip whenever you get to go!
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JIBBIE49 9/14/2012 12:09AM

    I read ECKHART TOLLE "The Power of Now" and know today is all we have. LOL

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DIFROMWYOMING 9/12/2012 10:26PM

    I agree with Belinda. We're entitled to bad days...off days...just not feeling quite okay days. I had one Monday. It will pass, dear. Hang in there!

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MAVERICK59 9/12/2012 10:05PM

    This too shall pass.

Hugs,
Belinda

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My BL Blue Sapphire Plan for Fall Leaves of Change 2012

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

This is my plan:

*morning meditation
*8 glasses of water each day
*20 min on stat bike with hand weights- chart it
*EFT tapping to change my old mental habits
*Chart my food
*Check in to Sapphires 3 x a week
*FlyLady Fire Drills house cleaning 3 x a day
*Stick to Low Carb
*Minimal sugar/sweets
*Ho'oponopono - pray for world peace daily
*Quilting and Scrapbooking for C'mas gifts
*Do something outside every day
*In bed by eleven!!!


  
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JIBBIE49 9/16/2012 5:46PM

    eft tapping does help.

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HEYITSLISA 9/6/2012 9:09PM

    Sounds like a great plan! I love how specific you are! I really need to work on goal setting... emoticon

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BLUERIDGENATIVE 9/6/2012 2:08PM

    Great list, Linda! I'm a big fan of Fly Lady, too!

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MAVERICK59 9/5/2012 8:41PM

    Very nice list.
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ALESHAWALKER 9/5/2012 3:46PM

    woohoo sounds like a fun list! What is FlyLady Fire Drills?

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