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Perfect Symbolism

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Ok, so bare with me as this is not a topic I normally blog about, but I felt it was important enough to share.

I was writing an email to my wife and wanted to add a heart to my signature but I was unsure which keyboard combination would do it. So after a quick search, this is the internet after all, I discovered it was "ALT + 3". I was struck by the perfect symbolism in that combination.

The "3" representing the partnership of the husband, the wife, and God, in a holy union.

The "ALT" representing this model of marriage as an alternative to that of the world's version.

So, while "ALT + 2" may give you happiness for a time in this world, only "ALT + 3" will give you the marriage God intended.

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SOLOMUA 6/20/2013 11:57PM

    That's a very interesting way of putting it!

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Sigh...

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

I feel each time I start over, it gets harder. Maybe I need to read over my old blogs to remind myself why I am here, and hopefully find something that will keep me from leaving again.

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MOMFAN 2/11/2013 1:15PM

    You and me both! emoticon

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EASTENDCLAM 2/10/2013 6:06AM

    Maybe it gets harder because you've drifted off from working towards your goals before? Fear of failure? I know the feeling. I quit smoking dozens of times and always beat myself up for one more failure. Something clicked, I don't really know what the trigger was but, I found that time was going to do it. It did. Maybe the same for you this time. Set realistic short term goals, meet them, set the next realistic goals, you'll get there.

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GARDENCHRIS 2/9/2013 11:25AM

    one foot in front of another ..... think about where you were before Spark.... now get up and go forward... you are farther along than if you had never joined Spark. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JTREMBATH 2/7/2013 11:49PM

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KEKEIKO 2/7/2013 6:49PM

    Begin with a small goal like spinning the emoticon each day and that will get you back to Sparks. Next goal is drinking 8 glass of emoticon then move onto another goal like walking 15 min a day and slowly increase time and distance. Before you know it you'll be back in the swing of things.

Best of luck to you! emoticon

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50ISNEW30 2/7/2013 12:09AM

    I know what you mean, but it is a hard journey. You're back now and that's a positive step. Just take it one day at a time. This is my first week back after being gone awhile too, but as long as we don't quit, we haven't failed.
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Correct Me If I Am Wrong...

Monday, July 09, 2012

Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) is the amount of daily calories it takes for someone to just exist, essential bodily functions only. It is based on gender, age, weight, and height. Generally, being taller and heavier increases this number, while age decreases it, and men normally have a higher number than women.

Does it make sense then that if my current BMR is 3679 and the BMR of my goal weight is 1966, if I consume at my goal weight BMR level, I should return to my goal weight, eventually?

So...

3679 - 1966 = 1713 daily calorie deficit
1713 * 7 = 11,991 weekly calorie deficit
11,991 / 3500 = 3.426 pounds lost per week

This assumes total sloth mode.

Sorry for all the math this late at night...lol.

Has anyone else tried figuring the numbers out like this for themselves?

How did it work out?

Was it accurate?

Thanks for the feedback!

  
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GOLFCHICK2-0 7/10/2012 12:49PM

    BMR is the number that you should NOT go below. That is the basic caloric range that your body needs to have your heart beat, to support blood flow.

It's what happens ABOVE that number that needs to be controlled and adjusted. I always go back to the "your body as a car" example to explain this concept.

If you turn on your car and just leave it parked, it burns gas (food). If you don't have enough gas (food) in the car (your body), the car will stall and stop working, causing damage to the engine and other parts. Your body will suffer damage if you don't have enough food to meet it's Basic Caloric needs.

If you are driving your car over mountain passes, it takes more gas than driving in the flat lands. If you are exercising, running, lifting weights etc, you need more food to maintain the baseline of your bodies functions.

Just as you need gas for your car, you need enough food for your body. Your BMR is exactly that, a Baseline, starting point. Except under a licensed physicians watch, you should not go under it.

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PLMITCH 7/10/2012 8:51AM

    I know SP uses BMR to help calculate what our caloric input should be. When I was much heavier, I was shocked to see ranges approaching 3000 calories, which I believe was BMR plus the amount of exercise you chose (light, moderate, heavy). I thought the #'s were way too high, so I always ratcheted mine down. Unfortunately, this is when I measured none of my foods, so as an example, when I did takeout from one of our favorite Italian restaurants, what I thought was a 3 oz piece of chicken actually turns out to be 12 oz on average, and 1 cup of pasta was really 2!! So basically I was sabotaging my own efforts!!

For me, measuring my foods has been the key. It keeps me honest and of course is a heck of a lot more accurate than the old "eyeball" method. Plus I get the added benefit of multiple dinners out of one "order" (money saver!). It takes some practice and a food scale, but believe me it is worth the effort in the long run!

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MOMFAN 7/9/2012 10:45PM

    Not me!!

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DIFROMWYOMING 7/9/2012 10:16PM

    Was this english? lol. Sorry, no clue.
Good luck, though!
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ALDEBARANIAN 7/9/2012 10:02PM

    Far be it from me to try to correct anyone. I'm old, fat, and out of shape too. But I'm getting better. Mostly because I'm changing things not so much based on what I can figure out, but because I'm doing stuff different from the stuff that got me in the shape I'm in.

If you figure out a way to change the "getting older" part of that, please let me know. The calender keeps changing on me. emoticon

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KEZRARAYNE 7/9/2012 5:30PM

    Your math is completely correct...unfortunately, bodies don't know math...or if they do, they don't care about it. I'm at a similar point, and eating in between my calorie ranges pretty much every day (and making sure they are good, whole food choices, not filling my calories with sodium and crap food)....and I'm lucky to lose 2 pounds in a week...with almost 15000 deficit per week (including excercise and diet). There are weeks where I will actually lose not even one ounce...which is beyond frustrating knowing the basic math behind it! I hope your body does math better than mine!

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NAYPOOIE 7/9/2012 2:25PM

    BMR is a good number to know, but your mileage may vary. Calculations based on weight, gender,etc. are approximations. Your actual BMR is as individual as you are.

Your metabolism will change with what and how much you eat, as well as what you do when you're not being a total sloth, so while the numbers seem reasonable based on a simple calories in/ calories out model, it probably won't work like that.

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Pain and Trepidation

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

I entered a gym tonight for the first time in recent memory. The trip only netted me 15 min on the treadmill but I think the bigger victory was in just going. Overcoming the trepidation of walking through the door, the feeling that everyone was watching the big fat guy, thinking that most of those there tonight didn't look like they needed to be. There was pain in my body for sure but I think the greater source was emotional. In all, the anxious buildup was unwarranted, as in the end I made it worse in my mind than it was in reality. I will go to bed telling myself that it will get better, tomorrow will be easier.

  
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MDGARDENGIRL 5/26/2012 3:12PM

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No one will love you more than you!!! Keep going and soon you will see the benefit of all your hard work.

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LUCYLU22 5/24/2012 11:40PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I am so very proud of you for taking that step and getting in those 15 minutes. I had the same fear, and only recently overcame it to try out the rec center here in town. I have gone several more times since that first time, and I truly am glad I did. Best wishes in continuing on your journey to reach your goals!! I will be here to cheer you on!!!

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AMYANN2005 5/24/2012 5:29PM

    Good for you! You took the first step and made it through the door and got in 15minutes! That's wonderful! Keep up the good work and you will reach your goals in no time!

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PLMITCH 5/23/2012 8:54AM

    It gets easier every day! And while there may be a few people "judging", many more are looking at you and remembering what it was like their first day in, and very quietly, wishing you all the success in the world! The best part is if you keep coming each day, other members will remember your face and say "hi" to you. That is a good feeling!

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-TERESALYNN- 5/22/2012 6:12PM

    It absolutely DOES get better and easier. I am still usually the largest person walking into the YMCA each night and getting into the pool, but you know what...I'm doing something good for me. I'm proud of myself for taking care of myself. And proud of you for doing the same for yourself!

Keep on going...one step and one day at a time.

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ODINRMC 5/22/2012 11:48AM

    It is ALWAYS worse in your head than in reality. Congrats on getting in there. Keep it up, I bet there are more people that applaud your effort than judge you. Good Hunting

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MOMFAN 5/22/2012 2:25AM

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CORNERKICK 5/22/2012 1:49AM

  Way to go...Congrats!!

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Today I Will Make a Difference

Friday, October 28, 2011

Today I will make a difference.

I will begin by controlling my thoughts. A person is the product of his thoughts. I want to be happy and hopeful. Therefore, I will have thoughts that are happy and hopeful. I refuse to be victimized by my circumstances. I will not let petty inconveniences such as stoplights, long lines, and traffic jams be my masters. I will avoid negativism and gossip. Optimism will be my companion, and victory will be my hallmark.

Today I will make a difference.

I will be grateful for the twenty-four hours that are before me. Time is a precious commodity. I refuse to allow what little time I have to be contaminated by self-pity, anxiety, or boredom. I will face this day with the joy of a child and the courage of a giant. I will drink each minute as though it is my last. When tomorrow comes, today will be gone forever. While it is here, I will use it for loving and giving.

Today I will make a difference.

I will not let past failures haunt me. Even though my life is scarred with mistakes, I refuse to rummage through my trash heap of failures. I will admit them. I will correct them. I will press on. Victoriously. No failure is fatal. It’s OK to stumble… . I will get up. It’s OK to fail… . I will rise again.

Today I will make a difference.

I will spend time with those I love. My spouse, my children, my family. A man can own the world but be poor for the lack of love. A man can own nothing and yet be wealthy in relationships. Today I will spend at least five minutes with the significant people in my world. Five quality minutes of talking or hugging or thanking or listening. Five undiluted minutes with my mate, children, and friends.

Today I will make a difference.

Max Lucado

  
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TENISWHIZ 10/30/2011 10:06AM

    Love Max Lucado.... Great post with great reminders!

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