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10 Commandments of Weight Loss

Sunday, November 27, 2011

I don't know where this originated but thought it was worth sharing, even though most of us have heard all of it before

10 Commandments of Weight Loss

1. It's a Lifestyle, Not a Diet - this is not a short term fix; it's a way of life

2. Get Organized - Structure your life and you'll structure your eating

3. Eat Small - Portion control is crucial for losing weight.

4. Learn to Leave Food on Your Plate - This helps you take control of compulsive eating

5. Never Feel Deprived - This only encourages binging.

6. Make a Meal Out of It - Make a ceremony out of every meal so that you really appreciate what you've eaten.

7. Eat Slowly - That way you'll feel satisfied before you've eaten too much.

8. Enjoy Your Food - It's one of life's greatest pleasures, not a punishment.

9. Move It! - Exercise is a key essential for losing weight.

10. Get Enough Sleep - Structuring your sleeping patterns will regulate metabolism.

It never hurts to have another reminder - hope you enjoyed it!

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RR1_RR1 11/28/2011 10:55AM

    Good thoughts. Im copying this to my journal for future use! emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 11/28/2011 9:23AM

    Always good to be reminded of these! Thanks for sharing them and have a great day today!

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 11/28/2011 8:57AM

    Number one is the one I go by. It is a way of life change. emoticon

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_LINDA 11/27/2011 11:00PM

    emoticon emoticon for sharing!

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GETSTRONGRRR 11/27/2011 9:53PM

    I like 'em, thanks!

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TXMEMAW6 11/27/2011 8:56PM

    Thanks. emoticon

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WENDYWITKOSKI 11/27/2011 8:43PM

    Love it! Thanks!

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LGAR519 11/27/2011 8:38PM

    Thank you. Reminders are always good.

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How to have a REALLY good day - Happiness Revealed with a Bonus!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Takes 15 minutes total to watch these - I promise you'll find it worth your time!

The first one takes 10 minutes

And then spend another 5 minutes watching this one - all I can say is wow!


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WOLFSPIRITMOM 11/27/2011 12:33PM

    Beautiful! emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 11/26/2011 2:34PM

    Great links! Thanks for sharing them and inspiring us! Have a great day.

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BRAVERUDE 11/26/2011 10:20AM

    Both are very beautiful - thank you!

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Started Jazzercise, First Class This Morning

Friday, November 25, 2011

I joined Jazzercise [again] and went to my first class this morning - I am terrible at the workout at this point but I know that regular practice will make it easier and I'll eventually figure out the routines!
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One thing I've liked about Jazzercise in the past is that they always seem so supportive and non-judgmental, even when someone like me stumbles around. I'm probably not the oldest person in the class but I may be the heaviest, although there were a couple of others pretty close - but until I learn the routines, I'm definitely the least coordinated, haha - and the others were willing to fib and tell me I'm doing great, even though I was going the wrong way half the time - but it won't take too long to figure it out and I'm so glad I joined again.
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So this seemed to be a great way to work-off some of those extra holiday calories from yesterday - better than getting crushed, pepper-sprayed or shot at any of the Black Friday sales from what I'm seeing on the news. Good luck to any of you Sparkers who are brave enough to shop today!

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 11/26/2011 8:58AM

    Have fun!

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SUNNYARIZONA 11/26/2011 12:43AM

    To my knowledge, we have ONE place in all of Tucson for Jazzercise. LOVED that back in the 80's.....really got some good workouts.

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_LINDA 11/25/2011 9:49PM

    Good for you! I felt exactly the same when when I took my first Zumba and step classes -total fish out of water, never having danced in my life and how did I know a step class would be incorporating dance moves in it??? I was just getting comfortable and confident with them when this surgery happened, oh how I hate starting over from the bottom grrr.
Good luck with the classes, enjoy! I don't think we even have Jazzercise here any more :(
Have a fabulous weekend!

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FOXFIRENDTS 11/25/2011 4:20PM

    Jazzercise sounds like fun!

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LGAR519 11/25/2011 4:11PM

    Jazzercise! That sounds like so much fun. Wish we had something like that around here. Have fun!

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ROCKYCPA 11/25/2011 4:08PM

    Good for you - you will improve as time goes on. I exercised instead of shopping!

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WENDYWITKOSKI 11/25/2011 3:34PM

    Have fun with jazzercise! I'm sure you will have the routine down in no time.
I'm not crazy enough to get out there with the shopping crowds.

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TREEBW 11/25/2011 2:41PM

    No shopping for me!
Glad you had a good time! I felt the same way when I signed up for Belly Dancing years ago...I was a mess at first! (and the heaviest:-))

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Burning Calories with Friends & Family at Turkey Trot - Wow!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

I'm waiting for my turkey to come out of the oven and thought I'd post a short little blog about the Turkey Trot this morning - I went to the Plymouth Rock N Run Turkey Trot in Anaheim Hills, CA, for the second year in a row - before that, DH and I did the much larger Dana Point Turkey Trot for about 10 yrs but this one is much closer and smaller so it's actually more fun for us.

I was thrilled to have a couple of friends join us - HIKETOHEIGHTS [Vicky] and MERGS74 [Margie] as well as my husband Tom. Here's a picture of the 3 of us, me on the right, Vicky in the middle and her sister Margie on the left

Most participants in this 5k event chose to run at least part of it but we walked the whole way, going at a nice pace for conversation so we also 'talked' the whole way, haha! We did pass a few people but for the most part we were at the back of the pack. So our 'times' weren't competitive but I bet we enjoyed ourselves as much or maybe more than others who were faster - and believe it or not, there were several with slower times! This is a shot of the official finishing time for DH and me

As I pointed out, however, we finished waaaaay ahead of all those folks who stayed home, haha! I didn't have my camera and only took a couple of pictures with my cell phone but here's one of the finish line - yay!!

As is often the case at 5k/10k events, there were goodies and giveaways at the end. None of us won any of the prizes - not that I expected to have my number drawn but I did have to laugh because the number before mine was drawn and the number after my husband's number was drawn, too - oh, well, maybe next year! But we did get some very juicy orange slices and samples of several other items - here's my husband Tom heading back from the 'goodie table,' trying to juggle his booty and keep from dropping anything.

This event's proceeds help support the Reeve-UCIrvine Spinal Cord Injury Center - this is the place where 'Superman' Christopher Reeve was getting treatment when he died and they have come up with some amazing ways to help people with spinal cord injuries there. It's a cause close to my heart as my dad had a spinal cord injury that made him bedridden for the last decade of his life. Prior to that, as sometimes does happen with these types of injuries, he was able to walk, although as he got older it got more difficult each year. I think it's great to have an event like this to help raise awareness about the topic since most people are more familiar with other diseases or conditions such as Diabetes or MS or more common ailments.

And as mentioned, it was really great to have friends to walk with - I can't wait for the next opportunity! I hope all my other SparkFriends got as nice of a start on their Thanksgiving Day as we did!

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APRILWALKING 11/27/2011 11:31AM

    That sounds like so much fun! I love that you all walked the whole way and enjoyed yourselves but got all the benefits of walking, way to go!!!

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STRINGI719 11/27/2011 7:44AM

    Sounds like a fantastic way to start the day! I know what you mean about smaller events. Last year we did the Turkey Trot in my little town of Deming, and there may have been a couple hundred people. This year we were in Phoenix so we did a 5K in Peoria, where there were 1100 doing the 5K and an additional 550 doing a 10 mile race that started 15 minutes earlier - talk about a CROWD!!!

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TREEBW 11/25/2011 2:50PM

    Sounds like you had a fun time!

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LINDAKAY228 11/25/2011 1:13PM

    Looks like it was a beautiful place to hold it and so glad you got some exercise and at the same time a nice visit! What a great way to start the day.

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LGAR519 11/24/2011 9:04PM

    Wish we had a turkey run around here. I would love to walk one. Glad you had a ball.

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ROCKYCPA 11/24/2011 8:18PM

    Sounds like it was a good time - a really great thing to do.

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IMNENA23 11/24/2011 7:44PM

    Awesome! I was with you in spirit (and ALL other Turkey Trot participants) because I did a Turkey Trot in Austin, TX! What fun, fun, FUN!!!!

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_LINDA 11/24/2011 7:39PM

    How awesome is that! What a healthy and fun way to spend your Thanksgiving with family and friends!!
Enjoy your supper!!!

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SUNNYARIZONA 11/24/2011 7:37PM

    What fun!!!

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WENDYWITKOSKI 11/24/2011 7:29PM

    What a great thing to do on Thanksgiving!
Enjoy your turkey!
We are about to eat too=)

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BRAVERUDE 11/24/2011 7:01PM

    Very, very cool! I may have to join you all, next time!

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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

I know the holidays are not necessarily happy for everyone - they can be full of stress, sadness, anger, frustration, temptation and all sorts of other emotions we might prefer to avoid.

But overall, even through all the 'stuff' and 'issues,' there are always things that we can be grateful for - even it if's just something like "At least ___ isn't as bad as ___" Sure, maybe we're not as thin or healthy as we could be but we're here - maybe we don't have ideal family relations but we have the ability to make friends and 'create' an alternate family. Having plenty of experience with that 'less than ideal' family relationship, I know that it presents challenges but more importantly it presents the opportunity to grow, learn forgiveness and the potential for amazing satisfaction through healing the wounds from those 'less than ideal' times.

So I'm not as rich as many but I definitely FEEL rich and I know I'm richer than many people in the world. In fact, I'm sure I'm more financially secure than millions of people across the globe, even though I often scramble to figure out how to pay for things I want. At least I have a more financially secure life than people in many countries and I'm lucky to live in a politically stable area of the world, comparatively speaking. I may get frustrated with politicians and various government problems but it could be so much worse so i'm grateful for that!!

And sure, I'm not as young or thin or beautiful as I have been in the past and I have a lot of aches and pains in my body on a daily basis but I'm happy in my own skin and accept myself - I have the opportunity to be the best me I can be and have the joy of dealing with the process of change. I could go through an entire list of 'I'm not as ___' but the truth is that I'm so much better off in so many ways than ever before and the most important part is that I'm enjoying life overall and feel excited and eager to see what each day brings. I have everything I need to live a happy life - and I'm grateful for that!!

Thank you so much for being part of my SparkPeople experience!!


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HIKETOHEIGHTS 11/24/2011 6:43PM

    Have a great dinner Lynda!

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LINDAKAY228 11/24/2011 4:05PM

    Well said! I agree with you. And I'm so glad that I've gotten to be friends with you! Have a great day today!

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LGAR519 11/24/2011 2:40PM

    Well said. Glad to know you as a SP buddy.

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_LINDA 11/24/2011 12:51PM

    Happy Thanksgiving!! I am thankful that our paths have crossed in this journey to a healthy lifestyle! We are fortunate indeed to live in such free, bountiful countries!

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WENDYWITKOSKI 11/24/2011 11:59AM

    Happy Thanksgiving Lynda!
Have a wonderful day!

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ZOE812 11/24/2011 10:59AM

    Such a great blog, and so true! I have a lot to be thankful for, sometimes we all need a reality check!

Thanks and have a Happy Thanksgiving!


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WOLFSPIRITMOM 11/24/2011 9:07AM

    So true, holidays are not about stuff! We are so fortunate here in North America.

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