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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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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The everyday decisions that I make can have a big outcome on what I do and how I feel. Yesterday I decided to work on cleaning the office (our catch-all room) before I exercised. I got a lot done and enjoyed doing it, but then I didn't "feel" like exercising so I didn't. Now that should be okay, shouldn't it?

Went out to lunch with DH and mom. Had a nice enjoyable lunch. Went home and watched the Olympics that we had recorded. Felt down the rest of the day. . emoticon WHY??? emoticon Because I did not exercise. I know that exercise gives me energy and makes me feel good. That is why I do it six days a week and have been faithful about doing it.

Today is the start of another day. HALLELULIA!. I am going to the Life Center and exercise today. Can't wait to do it. I'm looking forward to doing it. I'm excited about doing it. I can't say enough good things about it. emoticon emoticon emoticon

I hope I have learned my lesson. Looking forward to a good day. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Ps 118:24
24 This is the day which the Lord has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

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BRENMICH 2/25/2010 7:38AM

    Isn't it truly amazing how the body LOVES exercise?! We don't believe it but the body tells us so. Keep up the great work. I was at a church weight support group meeting and I mentioned this very thing and an older woman just laughed at me. Another woman confirmed it as she has lost 80 pounds since last summer. She loves to exercise now. I haven't quite found the LOVE of it but I do know I feel much better.

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GLORYB2014 2/24/2010 5:02PM

    What a great reminder Yvonne, that when we exercise we feel great!!
Each day is a new beginning, a new start, I'm glad you chose to exercise today and I'll bet you feel wonderful!

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JENGRAMMER 2/24/2010 3:23PM

    You motivated me to get back at it.

I have not gone to curves fo a week.

Tomorrow is THE DAY.



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MKROSSMAN78 2/24/2010 11:04AM

    I know if I just start a workout (even a very light one) when I don't feel like working out I usually feel better & am able to finish it.
Good for you letting yesterday go & working to make the better choices today!

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The Spark chapter 2

Monday, February 22, 2010

I read chapters 1 and 2 yesterday and spent time thinking about what I really want out of life. Being 70 does not mean that I don't have goals and dreams. Three seems to be a magic number, so here are my three: be healthy and fit, to have a close walk with God, to have a close relationship with family. What I want to accomplish in each of the goals are:

1. Healthy and Fit: - I want to loose 35-40 pounds to be able to keep up with my grandkids. I want to eat more fruits and vegetables. Starting out with 2 a day. I got my 2 in yesterday because of setting this goal. Feel better about myself.

2. A closer walk with God - I want to have a quiet time every morning to read my Bible and pray. This is easy because I am already doing it. I also want to think more about God and what He wants me to do during the day. Thinking about friends, including Spark friends, and what I can do to help and offer encouragement to them will make this easier.

3. Have a close relationship with family. There are several ways that I need to work on this one.
a. Spend time really listening to DH and Mom. It is so easy to get on my computer and let the rest of the world go by.
b. Call and write personal e-mails and letters to family that don't live close.
c. Be more transparent.

I am looking forward to the changes being made. Reading Spark articles, blogs and getting encouragement from others has already given me more determination and energy.

I have already started thinking about what I want in my Vision Collage. It is exciting just thinking about it. The more I think about it, the plainer and more detailed it is becoming. Looking forward to accomplishing my goals.

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NELLIEBLUE 2/22/2010 11:38PM

    I have also read chapters 1 and 2 and have been thinking about my goals and vision maybe this week I'll get to it, thanks for sharing.

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GRAMMAP1 2/22/2010 9:04PM

    All those are really honorable goals. I wish you well in achieving all of them. I agree, we need to have goals. I have seen too many people rot away by sitting in chairs and watching TV. We are still here and so we need to find purpose. Great blog! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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A-LITTLE-DAB 2/22/2010 6:59PM

    Nice Blog!! I love your goals.

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ILOVETOCRUISE 2/22/2010 3:27PM

    Did you write this for me? I am 71. This was beautiful; I hope you post it somewhere for you to see. Thank you. emoticon emoticon

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JEANSHEP2 2/22/2010 2:17PM


What a great blog! I am so impressed with your goals and your determination to meet them. You will go a long way with such a great attitude. I will pray for you to be successful and will be proud to see your victory.


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GLORYB2014 2/22/2010 12:21PM

    Yvonne, you have wonderful goals and I know you'll reach each one ~ you have insight and determination!
Great blog and loved reading it. I'll be looking forward to more blogs from you so I can read them also.
Thank you for sharing with us and reminding us that we are never too old for dreams and goals!

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MRSJERRYBUSH 2/22/2010 11:13AM

    Thanks for sharing your goals and comments from the Spark. I haven't purchased it because reading a book is harder than reading on line. Sounds like you are getting a lot out of it. Good for you. God will help you on your journey!

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DOOBIE893 2/22/2010 10:51AM

    I feel inspired by reading your blog. After reading and listening to chapter 2 twice, I have given my goals a lot of thought BUT haven't put them in writing. I applaud you. emoticon

My first priority is my relationship with the Lord. My next priority is my EXTREME self-care. I am challenge here because I seem to be the caretaker for my family.

I am looking forward to hearing about your vision collage.

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