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Sunday, January 06, 2013

As part of my Lovely Lime Challenge for week 4, I visited the 14 Tips again. Today I like the one - Just show up. I agree with this. Sometimes it’s just enough to just show up at Spark, read some of the articles Play some of the games. Post my good and workout minutes. So, I’m doing more of this.

For my article, I’m reading: Binges by IndyGirl. She says the very first bite begins the spiral to binge. It brings all the good feelings. She uses a warm cuddley blanket or hot bubble bath to make herself feel better. I think some hot chicken noodle soup might help me. I'm gonna give it a try.

Also, Overeaters says to start a Streak and mark a one on the calendar, 2 the next day, 3 and so on. I have to admit I’ve NEVER, EVER been good with streaks. That might be a good LTC challenge for my Lime Team.

Indy also says to use HALT - hungry, angry, lonely, tired - I have used those questions but think there must be another one b/c those don’t always stop my binge…I can override anything.

On Unity Radio today I saw a program that looks good, “Its not a Problem, It’s a Pattern”. I think I agree with that. My patterns are what get me in trouble - like late night eating is a pattern. I have to break the pattern. I eat chocolate - buying the chocolate and bringing it home is the pattern - break that and I don’t have it to binge on.

Indy also says: “Compulsive overeating and binge eating disorder are finally being recognized as official eating disorders that can be treated just like anorexia and bulimia.” She recommends we talk to our docs about this.

Another thing to do is throw the food in the garbage. I have done this and then poured cooking oil on top so I won’t go back and dig it out. Better in the garbage than on my hips - right?

Indy has a binge buster list: One slice of pizza is always gonna have fewer calories than two. She says to add to the list to make it your own.

Her blog inspired me to post a few of her ideas in my blog. emoticon

Linda emoticon

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SHANSHE 1/9/2013 4:01PM

    emoticon blog!

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ARW715 1/6/2013 8:56PM

    These are great ideas!

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JUST_BE1 1/6/2013 6:31PM

  Thank you for this post, it nicely compiles various strategies to over come a binge.

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Happy New Year!!!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

More New Year’s goal setting info I found on Spark.

Happy New Year everyone,
Linda emoticon

Common Pitfalls emoticon
All or nothing mentality leaving no room for slip ups
Getting discouraged when progress is slow
Setting goals too high
Setting goals that require a major disruption in everyday life
Not having long or medium term goals to work toward on the horizon
Hesitating to share your goals with others

S.M.A.R.T. Goals set should be: emoticon
• S = Specific
• M = Measurable
• A = Attainable
• R = Realistic
• T = Timely
• S = Specific –

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SHANSHE 12/28/2012 11:58AM

    GREAT blog, thanks for sharing!

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JENAE954 12/27/2012 10:02PM

  Well put.
Need to remember it is progress not perfection.

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 12/27/2012 8:10PM

    Good luck with your goals in 2013!

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GRATEFUL_BEING 12/27/2012 7:48PM

  emoticon emoticon Well said.

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BARBARAROSE54 12/27/2012 5:24PM


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7 Tips on How to Beat Those New Year’s Resolution Blues & Make Change Stick”.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Good morning Spark Friends,

Today I subscribed to Dr. Joe Dispenza’s newsletter and got a free file, “7 Tips on How to Beat Those New Year’s Resolution Blues & Make Change Stick”. For those of you who do not know Joe, he was in THE SECRET. He teaches about rewiring the brain to change our behaviors.

The steps he listed are not new to me. But just b/c they are not new, does not mean that I have been APPLYING them. That is the secret to me losing weight finally. APPLICATION. APPLY WHAT I KNOW.

Here is what he said:

Rewire your brain by setting an intention. Make sure your mission statement creates a positive feeling for you. Example: I will drink a glass of water before each meal.

List strong reasons about why you want to change.

If you imagine yourself making the necessary decisions for that day, you will begin to prime your brain to automatically follow your intentions. Your mental rehearsal can install the neurological hardware and software so that you have the circuits in place to use when executing your changes appropriately. For instance, questions like: “What do I have to do to get there?” Write down the steps.

One of the hardest parts of breaking a habit is to not make the same choices you made days, weeks or months prior. Your daily goals will always be in alignment with your ongoing intention. For this one I go back and use my EFT tapping. You can find EFT weight loss tapping on Youtube.

If you can create a chart that you can see or a ledger you review daily and then check your wins off daily, you will begin to make your discipline and changes a new habit….and build a new feeling of self esteem, worth and belief that you are doing it.

Each day when you begin you must lift yourself into a new state of being and raise your energy. Questions like: “How would I have to ‘be’ today to master my day?” “How would I feel in my future when I am this person?” These are key ingredients. I like to say, “I cannot get up today as the same person I was yesterday.

Place pictures, notes, word phrases, and/or vision boards where you can see them daily, such as at your desk, on the refrigerator or pasted to the bathroom mirror. You can even play certain motivational CD’s in your car, or MP3 files.

See, there is not a lot new that most Sparks don’t already know. But it’s nice to have a great reminder like the one Joe Dispenza is giving us. emoticon

Let’s put them in to action and make GREAT CHANGES IN 2013!!! emoticon


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PHOENIX43 12/27/2012 3:51PM

    Love this - thank you!!

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BARBARAROSE54 12/26/2012 10:52AM

    great list, thanks for sharing

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CELIAMINER 12/25/2012 11:04AM's that time again!

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MIDROAD 12/25/2012 8:09AM

    Thank you for that invaluable information!

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SHANSHE 12/24/2012 5:11PM


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BL NEW YR - NEW U Winter Challenge - Lovely Limes

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Hey Everyone,

Do you see this Lovely Lime color of my Spark Page? Yes, I have been given the opportunity to work with Dawnwaterwoman and Shanshe as Co-Leaders of the Lovely Lime Team.

I am more excited than I can say emoticon

Di and Jo of the Sapphire Beauties Team where I have been for the past 2 years asked us to end the Fall Challenge by looking back to see how Spark has helped.

It was a real eye opener: As for weight, I mostly did the yo yo thing. But as for mental attitude, I stuck with the goals I set for myself and DIDN'T GIVE UP!!! I think that's the big thing SPARK teachs = NEVER GIVE UP. emoticon

Isn't that what Jack told Rose on the Titanic? Never give up. emoticon And Rose had a life full of adventures and became a rich older lady. I want to slide in to "older age" healthy, wealthy - in lots and lots of ways - and much wiser.

Let's all set some goals for the NEW YR - NEW U WINTER CHALLENGE and meet every single one.

If anyone is interested in joining a team for Winter, let me know.

Many blessings,
Linda in Alabama emoticon

p.s. I will miss my Sapphire Beauties Team soooo much. emoticon but as you can see, I've graduated to the Lime Team. Thanks for all of your support.

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KABOOPER 11/27/2012 11:31AM

    Sure I'm up for a do I join?

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GEORGIA_KAY 11/27/2012 8:46AM

    I'm going to miss you LIKE CRAZY over at our Sapphire Beauty team, but still count on you for those cheery words from you on my Spark Page from time to time--you can count on me for the same thing. Best of luck, Linda! Many hugs to you :)

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JIBBIE49 11/22/2012 1:02AM

emoticon Happy Thanksgiving Day. Don't overeat. Get back on track tomorrow. emoticon

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CINDYRINAL 11/21/2012 10:21AM

    Your blog gave me a smile. Happy lime green! Good for meeting your goals.

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KRZYKAT3 11/20/2012 9:29PM

    emoticon lovely limes, glad to have you aboard

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MAVERICK59 11/20/2012 8:26PM

    Good luck with the new team Linda.
We will miss you!


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SHANSHE 11/20/2012 8:14PM

I am sooo glad you will be co-leading with me and Dawn for the new Winter Challenge! I am excited to get to know you better and to see what the winter holds for the Lovely Limes!

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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.

Linda emoticon

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DARLENEK04 11/4/2012 8:44PM

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


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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