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Are You An Active Sparker

Saturday, August 18, 2012

If you are an active Sparker I would like to hear your weight loss experience. I just got back on SP Aug 8 after being gone for two years and I found that most of my friends that I had before are no longer active. I wish all of my fellow Sparkers a great weekend! emoticon

  
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RDY4THIN 10/6/2012 2:35AM

    Wow! Glad you came back... such determination!! It took all year for me to lose 20 lbs and there is still more to go. When the scale didn't move, I took a step back and found other reasons to keep going with the program. Then I found other things to do to challenge myself like the challenges, up the exercise somehow or change the workout (I get bored easily too!). I used the trackers and set different goals for myself on workouts, team goals or monthly goals. And one surprising discovery not to be discounted is the water goal! Drinking the 8 glasses of water actually helped the scale to move down. Sometimes when you think about the challenges you have to actually maintain a healthy lifestyle, you might agree as I believe that any pounds lost is a miracle to be appreciated!
good luck on your continuing journey.... the path is always an adventure to be enjoyed!

take care of yourself.
Barbara emoticon

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MS_MAYZEE 8/19/2012 7:26PM

    Thanks Aurlie, your experience is very encouraging to me. :D


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AJDOVER1 8/18/2012 10:18PM

    Yep, I'm still here and still active. I'm glad to see you back.
I think the best part about Sparkpeople for me is the fitness tracker and some of the fitness challenges on some of my teams. I've been good with my nutrition for a while, but it wasn't until I amped up my exercise that I was able to lose weight. It took more than a year for me to lose 30 pounds, but I'm still on track to keep those pounds off and maybe lose a few more.

I wish you all the best! I'm feeling fit and HEALTHY and it's great.
Hugs,
Aurlie

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I've Been Down But I'm Not Out!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

It is easy to let the shuffle of life get you down. I had to give myself a good talk! I decided to continue my efforts to lose weight because I've been spinning my wheels for the last 2 years...seesawing up and down...getting more depressed and overwhelmed by the day.
You can't accomplish anything unless you put in some real effort! I have to put in some real effort and say NO to those pesky desires for "feel good" foods!
When I'm anxious or overwhelmed I have to do something to break that mental attitude...getting out in the sunshine helps.
I don't feel up to exercising yet but I will be patient and I know I will feel like it eventually.
Some days I go over on my fats and protein goals, some days I go under goal on my calories, most days I can't get in 8 cups of water...but whatever my shortfalls are I have to keep working at losing the weight.
I will fail on some goals but don't count me out...I'll keep trying as long as it takes to reach my goals.
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MS_MAYZEE 8/16/2012 7:09PM

    Thank you GAL7288, I can use all the "cheering on" that I can get! :D

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GAL7288 8/16/2012 12:27PM

    Thats good, this isn't easy and there will always be days in which it seems much harder than yesterday, the important thing is to learn from those days and don't give up! I am glad you are not giving up, one day at a time, and one goal at a time, you will come to the day where your body will ask for the exercise. You can do this, I am cheering for you!

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Focused and back on track!

Friday, January 08, 2010

I had gone a bit off my diet goals for awhile but with the new year I have adjusted my eating patterns and learned a few lessons also.
Lesson #1-I must track all my food&drink everyday because it sets limits for me.
If I don't track I eat more than I intended.
Lesson #2-I can't eat a "small portion" of anything sweet because I will over indulge! So I won't try anything at all!
Lesson#3-I must measure All my portions because all my life I have been used to serving everyone "Generous Helpings" of food.
Lesson#4-I must keep a jar of water with me at all times...and sip it all the time so that I don't get so hungry between meals.
Lesson #5-I am the only person who controls what goes into my mouth...I can't blame anyone except myself if I overeat...I always have the power to say No!
Lesson#6-I can do this...I know what needs to be done! I've always prided myself on doing a good job on anything I attempted...now I have to apply that principal to losing weight also. I have to put as much energy into losing weight as it takes!
Whatever it takes that's what I have to do! My weight loss plan can't be just when I feel great...it has to be day after day regardless of other things going on in my life.
Lesson#7-Being overweight is the consequence of a lot of bad food choices,too much food,wrong type food,emotional eating when you're not feeling well...sometimes people eat to make themselves "feel" better(soothed) (usually sugary or salty things)but in the end they will feel worse because they have guilt feelings about eating junk or just "Lots" of "Good Foods" and it ruins their efforts to lose weight!
Lesson#8-Love myself enough to save me! This is a job I have to do! No one can do it for me....
Lesson#9-Be proud of any and all accomplishments no matter how small they may seem...a lot of little accomplishments put together can achieve Big rewards!
Lesson #10-Don't ever count yourself out just because your "wheels have been spinning in the same spot for awhile!" You just need a little ooomph! So try again and again and again if necessary! Never give up!
*I met my nutrition and fitness goals for yesterday...so "One day at a time, I will defeat this monster called Obesity!"
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 2/13/2010 8:14AM

    Your lessons apply to me also. Thank you for sharing and giving me that little kick I needed!
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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GET-FIT-NOW 2/9/2010 7:41PM

    emoticon emoticon Your blog was inspirational . Just what I needed to get back on track. Thanks, Joy

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HARROWJET 1/8/2010 12:28PM

    Thank you for sharing what you are learning. Most of the lessons apply to me also. Congratulations for meeting your goals yesterday. One day at a time.....

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10x Sweeter Than Sugar Products And Facts

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Stevia products are used by many companies now as artificial sweeteners. Stevia has no calories and can be used in beverages, cooking, baking, and anywhere sugar might be used. The Stevia product SweetLeaf Sweetener is calorie free, all natural and has a zero glycemic index.
Truvia is another Stevia product used as a sweetener.
These boxed sweeteners are quite expensive so I will grow the plant for use.

  
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UMIJUNE 10/27/2009 10:34PM

    Sweet Leaf is the best kind of Stevia that I know of so far. I ordered some from Puritans Pride once (not sweet leaf, another kind) and the main ingredient was not Stevia, it was Maltodexterin, which I do Not want...so watch out for that if you ever buy your Stevia. It should only have one ingredient, Stevia.

I read about growing it and didn't think I could do it here. There are sweet plants and not sweet plants and I need to do more research on it, but it would be so awesome to grow your own sweet Stevia.

Good luck with your next garden (when you have time) and may all your stevia plants be healthy and wonderfully sweet!

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MS_MAYZEE 7/21/2009 2:31PM

    I have been so busy settling my Dad's estate since March that I haven't even had a garden this year but I definately want to grow this plant in the future.

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PCHEFLORA 7/20/2009 8:11AM

    I tried growing Stevia from seeds, it sprouted quite easily but was not so easy to keep alive! In Wisconsin where I live it needs to be brought in if it gets below 50 degrees, which this summer it is doing quite regularly! I am going to try and grow it again, this time as just a houseplant.
Are you growing it? I'd like to know what success/failure you've had. Also, most stevia you buy is liquid/powder form so I'm not sure how I would substitute the dried herb for baking etc ... Any ideas on that?

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Sevia Plant-10x Sweeter Than Sugar-Almost No Calories

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

I just ran across this plant in one of my new seed catalogs. You can grow
it in pots so you have access to it all year. The plant grows up to 3' tall.
The leaves can be used fresh or dry for later use.
If you prefer to buy Stevia in ready to use form look for it in grocery and
health food stores.
I plan to order a couple of the plants. I like to use plants , herbs, and
vegetables in their most natural forms.
I'm the new leader of the Natural Remedies Team and we discuss many
plants and herbs and their use in herbal remedies.
While many of you use such herbs as basil & parsley, you may not be
aware that they have medicinal qualities as well.
A tea made from parsley acts as a diuretic and helps relieve fluid re-
tention.
Garlic acts as a natural anti-biotic.
If you are interested in plants and their uses I invite you to join our
Natural Remedies Team.
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MISSZ1 1/21/2009 2:02AM

    My favorite natural remedy is honey on a cut or burn. It helps it heal and fights infection! Yay!

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HOPEFUL_NOMAD 1/13/2009 11:32AM

    I would like to know more about Stevia. Is it what they use in that new sweetner Truvia? I wonder which is better, Stevia or Splenda? You've peeked my interest, I guess I'll have to look into it now.

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