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Saturday, March 06, 2010

Friday, March 5, 2010
Looking forward to today. I get to go bowling with my 4 year old GD and her school class. Donít know how the bowling is going to go, but I am going to try. So donít laugh at me.

The last couple of days have been good. I saw the trainer Wed. I had already figured out what I was doing wrong and new what she was going to say Ė cut down on desserts and do strength training. When I was done I got on the treadmill and was grumping to myself. I finally said to myself, ďSelf, this has to stop. You have to think positive thoughts!Ē So I started thinking about what I was thankful for. It is amazing how being grateful for what you have can change your attitude so drastically. I did the same speed on the treadmill that I started out on last October. I was surprised to see that my heart rate was lower than it was back then. The workout was so easy. I hadnít even realized how far I have come since then. Even if I havenít lost a whole lot of weight, I am healthier.

Continuing to just take one day at a time.

Didn't have time to post this yesterday. Had a great time!!!

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GLORYB2014 3/7/2010 6:24AM

    A positive attitude and one day at a time is the way to go!!
Kudos on taking your GD bowling, haven't done that in years and isn't it fun??
The best to you on a wonderful continued journey Yvonne!

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JEANSHEP2 3/7/2010 2:27AM

    Nice blog, Gloria. What a sweet thing to enjoy with your DGC.

Remember, this is not a destination, but a a healthier you have it figured out! Continued good Sparkin'.


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GRAMMAP1 3/6/2010 11:30PM

    Now that was a great turn around. We ought to have a little light that comes on saying,"are you thinking positive?" Good for you and I am glad that you had a good time bowling.

Keep up following the requirements and that weight will soon go down!

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DEE_LITED 3/6/2010 7:46PM

    Bowling sounds like a lot of fun. In fact, I've actually considered joining the senior bowling league. Now I have to wait for my foot to heal, or else stand at the line and try my best that way.

I agree. Attitude can be the difference between having a good day and a miserable one. Being thankful is healing. I remember Oprah talking about her thankfulness journal and always thought that a great idea.

Nice post.


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PEEDLE 3/6/2010 11:33AM

    Oh, my. Bowling with a 4 year old. You are BRAVE, young woman.
Just kidding. It is a privilege to get to spend time with the gc.
They are 4 today and 14 tomorrow, and then, good luck when it comes to spending much time together.
Keep up the good work on that treadmill.
And oh - you are SO right about how being thankful can change our attitudes.
Mary Lou

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Today is the first day of the rest of my life.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Today is the first day of the rest of my life. God has blessed me with today. I will live it to the fullest. I will read my bible, exercise, drink 8 glasses of water, eat 3 fruits/vegetables, clean office for 15 minutes, walk 7,000 steps. When all that is completed, I will have met all my goals for today. I forgot one thing Ė have 1 piece of Hersey dark chocolate Nuggets with Almonds! LOL TODAY is the only day that I have to meet my goals. I donít need to think about yesterday or tomorrow, just today.

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THE_SILVER_OWL 3/5/2010 6:59PM

    I like your advice - Today is a great day. I will make a "copy" of it and repeat tomorrow in what ever form it decides to dress in...

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    Great blog. I love your goals. Especially the chocolate with almonds. My favorite. I love your motto. Today is the only day I have to meet my goals. Great attitude.

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TERRYRW 3/2/2010 10:37AM

    I also enjoyed your blog very much . Thank you for the positive uplift this morning. emoticon

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GLORYB2014 3/2/2010 10:31AM

    Don't worry, be happy! I agree, today is the only day we have - yesterday is gone and tomorrow isn't here yet.


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HVMBRU 3/2/2010 10:21AM

    I'm with you! No sense lamenting about the past or jumping way into the future so each slip is like a giant faux pas that gets us stuck.

This attitude gets you over the hurdle and now you are ready to progress on your way.

Happy journey!


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WORLANDWORM 3/2/2010 10:18AM

    I like your Blog . You have said it all , you only have to worry about today! Thank you for sharing!

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Monday, March 01, 2010

I got this from another Sparker. I do love chocolate. Fortunately I can have 1 Hersheys Nuggets Dark Chocolate with Almonds for 55 calories and be satisfied. ;-)

I read an article about Tequila and the author said that a lot of people say they have had a bad experience with Tequila when what they mean is that they had an experience with bad Tequila.

The same is true for chocolate. Chocolate has beneficial anti-oxidant properties and is good for you when taken in moderation.

Number one: Eat good chocolate. bad chocolate tastes waxy and you keep eating more of it hoping it will taste better.

Number Two: Eat dark chocolate, at least 65% cocoa. This intensifies the anti-oxidant properties. Similarly, avoid milk chocolate which is loaded with sugar which is empty calories.

Number Three: Eat chocolate in moderation. Break or cut the chocolate into small pieces and savor each piece. You can chomp down on a Dove Promise and have it gone is about three seconds or you can merely let it melt in your mouth for several minutes of enjoyment.

Number Four: Pause. It takes a while for the message to get to our brain that our craving has been satisfied. Let the message get there and don't eat a pound of candy while you are waiting.

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GLORYB2014 3/2/2010 7:01AM

    I am a true chocoholic and this is great info you are giving us!
Only the best, dark chocolate from now on and only bite size pieces! Thank you Yvonne!
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GRAMMAP1 3/2/2010 12:26AM

    I am with you Friend. Thanks for the info. Many years ago there was a Dr. that wrote in the newspaper and presented a diet that you could have a piece of chocolate daily. Otherwise the diet was stringent, but the chocolate made it popular. I believe it was Dr. Crane. Yum, dk. chocolate!

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2014THISISIT 3/2/2010 12:15AM

    I'm a huge chocolate lover too! I'll definitely remember this!

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Chapter 3, part 1

Saturday, February 27, 2010

The first part of chapter three is about exercise. Iím excited because I found out that I did something right! I put down as a goal to exercise 10 minutes every day. That is how Chris Downie started out.

If I can do more than 10 minutes, that is great. If I canít, then the 10 minutes is enough to reward myself in knowing that I have done enough to meet my goal. It is also enough to give me more energy to do the other things that I need to do.

All we have to do to succeed is to make a small goal and stick to it. It can encourage us and keep us on the right track. That is what has gotten me through the last couple of days.

Keep on keeping on.

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GRAMMAP1 2/27/2010 8:33PM

    They say, just get moving. I am anxious for our weather to clear so I can walk in the fresh air. Now, I am walking in large stores and have been concerned about picking up some bug (virus). Thankfully we have had a healthy Winter. Just to avoid sore muscles, build up gradually! emoticon emoticon

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GLORYB2014 2/27/2010 1:55PM

    How true Yvonne! Set your goals to suit you and gradually work up to more.
Every bit of exercise does us good, every bit counts.
I often ride my bike or walk in 10 or 15 minute sessions and that often leads me to stay on my bike or walk even longer! It's encouraging.

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HVMBRU 2/27/2010 11:18AM

    Right on! Here's to both of us!!


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Thursday, February 25, 2010

I have never used visualizing before. I have heard of it but it never went any further than that. I like the way that the book explained it. Their explanation made it more concrete and doable for me.

I need to take time several times a day to see myself exercising and feeling good about it and full of energy. It will give me the energy to live the kind of life that I want. It will give me the energy to work in the office until it looks like what I envision it, clean and organized and not a catch-all for things we don't know where to put. I want to live a simpler life without so many "things" to tie me down.

Today I am going to find pictures of what I want to visualize and put them all over the house to help me focus on my new life.

Yesterday was a very good day. I exercised, ate 3 fruits and vegetables (my goal is two so 3 is a cause for celebration), and drank 8 glasses of water. I haven't drank 8 glasses of water in a day since last summer. What a good life I have.

Thank you God for giving me Sparks. You always provide what I need when I need it.

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THE_SILVER_OWL 2/25/2010 9:20PM

    I have been doing visualization exercises for years and have found them to be incredibly powerful. I am so glad that you will be giving them a try.

I can certainly relate to another of the things you wrote about, "I want to live a simpler life without so many "things" to tie me down.". I too have come to that point in my life where I have accumulated too many "things" and am trying to sort out, clean up and cut down.


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JEANSHEP2 2/25/2010 9:48AM

    You are on the right track and you will be successful with that attitude! Keep going - the journey gets better and better. You will be an inspiration to others and that is such an ego-builder! God bless and may He continue to guide you.


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LAURABELIEVES 2/25/2010 8:48AM

    Great that you are getting started on visualizing. And those are wonderful ideas to help keep the right/positive things on your mind. A thought if you like... I created my vision board with pictures and put them in a PowerPoint and then saved them as a collage if you will. Then I can post it as my wallpaper on my computer screen. (also as my profile picture and Spark webpage background).

Have fun with it!!

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