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My Formula for Success

Friday, January 07, 2011

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Variety of healthy Foods and Exercise

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Plus Positive Thoughts
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Equals a Better and Healthier Me! emoticon emoticon

Have a 'Small Things Really Add Up' kind of day!

  
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ROSEWCI 1/12/2011 8:47AM

    You are absolutely correct! One day + one day + one day of staying on track = SUCCESS!

Keep Sparkin'! emoticon Rose

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BARBARAWEBSTER 1/11/2011 8:17PM

    LOVE your blog!!!!!! That might work for me too, except for the kickboxing part. I'd fall on my head for sure!! Ha Ha Have a Sparkfilled week! B

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LESLIES537 1/10/2011 7:38PM

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LINDABENEDICT 1/8/2011 11:31PM

    Love it !!!! That sums it up perfectly !!!

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MELTING2SVELTE 1/8/2011 4:59PM

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PHYL220 1/7/2011 1:37PM

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WILLOW49 1/7/2011 11:18AM

    GREAT!!!

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BUSSMOM 1/7/2011 11:15AM

  Good thoughts!

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KAMAPERRY 1/7/2011 10:44AM

    So true!!

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ALASKASKY 1/7/2011 10:35AM

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KARDUH114 1/7/2011 10:16AM

    Good luck and the small things really do add up!!!

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BRIGHTBEGINNING 1/7/2011 9:38AM

    Mind if I steal your formula for success??
Lol!
Thanks!!
I Absolutely loved it!!
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~Ana

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FRECKS96 1/7/2011 9:29AM

    Yay! Love it!

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LKWQUILTER 1/7/2011 9:19AM

    That sums it up easy and quick. Thanks.

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DDOORN 1/7/2011 9:13AM

    Yep! You summed it up much more succinctly than I did in my blog...lol!

Don

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RUFFIT 1/7/2011 8:50AM

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Goals or resolutions? Does it matter what we call them?

Saturday, January 01, 2011

I think it is a good idea to evaluate our lives and for some people that happens at New Years more than any other time of the year. I've never been a huge resolution person, but have always thought about little things to improve at this time of year. Since joining SparkPeople last February goals have been an important factor and they are not much different than resolutions. Here is the short and sweet for my upcoming year.

My goals for 2011 are to continue on my Healthier lifestyle change - Both mental and physical. I have found the mental part to be so important. I will lose weight, continue to exercise and participate in SparkPeople. I will log my nutrition and stay with the calorie range suggested for losing. I will log my fitness and change my routines so as not to allow my body the ability to get use to what I'm doing.

I will succeed!

  
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JUSTBIRDY 1/4/2011 6:11PM

    I am sure you will succeed!!!!
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 1/3/2011 5:08PM

    WTG! You can do it!!

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JENQUEENOFCHAOS 1/3/2011 4:01PM

    emoticonI think life is always evolving and we should always be rechecking and changing - not waiting for a certain time of year. Thank you so much for finding me when I reappeared on the Spark scene and for being such a positive influence!
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LESLIES537 1/3/2011 3:45PM

    emoticon Yes, you WILL! emoticon

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DDOORN 1/1/2011 9:52PM

    Goals are WAY better!

Resolutions have too long a history of collectively failing to sustain them...I think the word even connotes failure...I'll take a goal ANYTIME! :-)

Speaking of which: you've got some GREAT goals for yourself!

Don

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WILLOW49 1/1/2011 8:06PM

    Happy New Year!

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GRAMMACATHY 1/1/2011 2:33PM

    You have always have such a good attitude and wisdom. I also wanted to thank you for the kind words on my lengthy New Years blog. 2010 may have been a challenge, but many blessings happened and many things were improved. 2011 will bring new challenges and new blessings.
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SLIMMERJESSE 1/1/2011 1:39PM

    Nope, doesn't matter. As Shakepeare wrote, "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet." Wishing you the best in 2011.

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PHYL220 1/1/2011 1:17PM

    Great goals for 2011. Happy New Year! emoticon emoticon

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161SLIM 1/1/2011 12:39PM

  My goal is to be serious about utilizing my Spark page. I am going to really go to school on this thing and learn how to use it to help save my life! Thank you for hanging in there with me Rainbow Fall and sending encouraging email. I have seen you even when I didn't respond. You have been a blessing! Thank You
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KAMAPERRY 1/1/2011 11:48AM

    Goals are way better than resolutions!!! We can do it!

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WARMSPRINGDAY 1/1/2011 11:19AM

    I've never been big on resolutions either, but goals are good and necessary, and I guess when it comes down to it, they are much the same. But resolutions seem to be made to be broken. Goals are more flexible and forgiving. If you fail in a resolution, it seems broken and unfixable. If you fall short of a goal, you pick up and go on and adjust goals if you need to. Great plan. I've thought back over 2010 and blogged about it, but still contemplating the looking forward. I know I need to do it, but my mind seems so fixed on 2010. Somehow I need to get past it and move ahead. I'll get there, I may just be a bit slower than some.
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DEBSDESTINY 1/1/2011 11:04AM

   
I agree....I really don't make resolutions, but I do take the new year to reflect on the past years successes (and pat myself on the back for those!), and also look at what needs improving in my family life, business life and spiritual walk, and then set goals rather than make resolutions. That's what works for me. Resolutions are a "all or nothing" approach and seems to set me up for failure more than anything.

Happy 2011 to All!


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LINDAKAY228 1/1/2011 10:42AM

    Resolutions to me are things I have to start doing today and are absolute. Goals are things I start working towards today and continue until met but can also be re-evaluated and adjusted. I like goals so much better. But whatever we call them I like yours,.

Happy New Year!

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FRECKS96 1/1/2011 10:22AM

    Good Luck and have a great year!

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LADYGWEN25 1/1/2011 9:56AM

    Sounds like a good plan to me! :) Keep up the great work and 2011 is gonna be an awesome year! :)

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Please Light a Candle at 7PM tonight

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Tonight is the Fourteenth Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting Ė light a candle in your home at 7 PM in memory of the children gone too soon.


The Compassionate Friends is a self help group for bereaved parents. This is a group that no one wants to belong too, but those of us that do are glad it exists. It has given me an outlet to help me live after the death of my oldest son. You can believe me when I say at the beginning I did not want to live without him in my life.

Our local chapter has a candle light service tonight to coincide with the National one, which falls on the second Sunday of December. Iím the newsletter editor and treasury for our local chapter and have put some time into the invitations and programs for tonightís event. My youngest son is also reading the Sibling credo during the ceremony so it will be extra special for me to attend.

After yesterdayís stomach bug I had little doubt I would make it tonight. However, I have kept down some toast and tea and think Iím on the mend. That bug took me off my feet. I canít even believe how much I slept yesterday.

So please light a candle for our children at 7PM tonight. The idea is that if a candle is lit in every time zone then there will be a light shining for 24 hours in memory of our children.

  
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MIMAWELIZABETH 4/20/2011 3:21PM

    I have been doing this each year since my son died. I always mean to join with a group to do it, but end up staying home and lighting candles with my family.

I think of the millions of candles being lit, and picture the wave of light circling the world, and my heart just soars with comfort in our shared grief.

I hope for 2011's Candle Lighting, we can organize our LALO team and participate as a group. I can't imagine anyone else with whom I'd like to share that time.

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KAT7457 12/20/2010 8:11PM

    I lit my new candle i got today didnt even release that you wrote this. emoticon emoticon

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GRAMMACATHY 12/19/2010 9:40PM

    I wanted to let you know that I did light a candle much earlier in the day and kept it going till bedtime to keep the children in my mind and my heart.
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BECKYLYNNE77 12/14/2010 3:39PM

    i will try to light a candle i have a friend that lost her granddaugter to a tragic death emoticon

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LINDABENEDICT 12/14/2010 2:21PM

    so sorry I missed this on the 12th ....but I was at church on the 12th and lit a candle, just because, without even knowing why. Now I know why.

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LESLIES537 12/13/2010 11:09AM

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THATPASTRYGIRL 12/12/2010 10:55PM

    I didnt get home from work until after 7pm but my candle is lit :o) just a little bit late

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DDOORN 12/12/2010 10:26PM

    A wonderful thought to honor such a difficult struggle!

Don

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ALASKASKY 12/12/2010 12:29PM

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FLAME42 12/12/2010 12:24PM

    There will be a candle burning in our home tonight and our thoughts will be with you.

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MISSM66 12/12/2010 11:44AM

    I would love to light a candle but my hubby don't like candle,but my thought will be with all the Children that pass on,thanks for sharing emoticon emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 12/12/2010 11:29AM

    I will light that candle too. ((HUGS)) to you and your family.

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WILLOW49 12/12/2010 11:19AM

    I'll be glad to light a candle tonight.
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SHARONBARNES 12/12/2010 11:05AM

    I will light a candle. Big (((HUG))) to you!! emoticon

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MBSKIT 12/12/2010 10:22AM

    I will and I have my candle ready! emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/12/2010 10:02AM

    I will do that since I always have a candle handy on a daily basis. Big hug.

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LIGHTHOUSE0403 12/12/2010 9:53AM

  Very thoughtful.
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December Tidbits

Monday, December 06, 2010

As one of our challenges today we were to come up with December trivia; flowers, birthstones, astrological signs and the New moon.

December has two flowers Narcissus and Holly. Narcissus means egotism and formality, while holly means foresight.

The challenge stated there were two December Birthstones, which I would guess are turquoise as the modern one and Zircon as the traditional one. However I found a web site that listed thirteen birthstones for the calendar month of December, or as Sun/Star, Planetary, or Talismanic stones for the Zodiac sign of Sagittarius or Capricorn. Birthstones for the calendar month of December are turquoise, blue topaz, tanzanite, zircon, lapis, onyx, ruby, and chrysoprase and the Zodiac signs of Sagittarius and Capricorn include five additional stones: agate, garnet, amethyst, sapphire, and beryl. That is a lot of stones to pick from !

As mentioned above two astrological signs of December are Sagittarius and Capricorn. I fall right at the end of Sagittarius.

The Sagittarius New Moon is the precursor to the Winter Solstice Lunar Eclipse December 21, 2010 - The moon names vary by culture, but I believe the one we are looking for is Cold Moon. The New Moon is the beginning of a new lunar cycle and offers an opportunity for a fresh new beginning in a new sign of the zodiac, with a new focus and energy. In Sagittarius the soul seeks experiences which extend our reach and satisfy our search for adventure and meaning, and the Sagittarius New Moon seeks optimism, confidence, and the development of an inner trust and faith in life itself. December is a good time to begin to realign our intentions for the New Year, and the combination of planetary events in this New Moon can help us to make powerful changes.

Interesting Information that SUNNY238 posted in our (((Sending Skinny Vibes))) Team - Winter Solstice occurs on December 21st (roughly), this year there will be a full moon and a Lunar Eclipse on this day!!

  
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STEINERMOM 12/8/2010 5:55PM

  Really interesting blog. I am a Sagittarius (Nov 24) and I wonder if your info applies- or just to Dec bdays? Thanks for sharing.

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GRAMMACATHY 12/7/2010 8:12PM

    I found that especially interesting as our wedding anniversary is the 22nd. We chose it to signify new beginnings, because it is the day the days start getting longer again. So we will have full moon eclipse the evening before. I hope the sky is clear.
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LAURELSPARK 12/6/2010 7:08PM

    Interesting! Thanks for researching it for us. After what I did at work today I am "computered out".

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DDOORN 12/6/2010 7:04PM

    One of my very favorite New Age musicians Paul Winter performs his Winter Solstice concert every year around this time...wish I could attend one of them...!

http://solsticeconc
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Don

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WILLOW49 12/6/2010 4:07PM

    And I'm a beginner Sag ;) Full moon and lunar eclipse on Winter Soltice? I'm staying home that day!

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LESLIES537 12/6/2010 2:48PM

    That IS interesting! Being a December baby, I enjoyed hearing these tidbits. Thank you! emoticon

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KARRYB1 12/6/2010 12:42PM

    I'm a December baby, no wonder I love all thos gems.
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A Funny truth about all those conflicting nutritional studies

Saturday, December 04, 2010

1. The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

3. The Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans..

5. The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

CONCLUSION:Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills you.

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STEINERMOM 12/8/2010 5:56PM

  Very funny! Watching my teenagers develop, I think that an intense high school experience contributes to the mix! We teach them at an early age that they need to work crazy hours and have a lots of stress.

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KIMBANN 12/8/2010 5:17PM

    LOL

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MDUSOE 12/5/2010 10:17AM

    Maybe it's the exercise... Maybe we should stop importing everything and get back to work making stuff ourselves...

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KAILYNSTAR 12/5/2010 8:51AM

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I guess I'm going to have to learn to speak Swedish and have a conversation in his native language. This is going to be difficult!


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JUSTBIRDY 12/5/2010 12:24AM

    I conclude that being an American is bad for your heart.

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SHIPESTA 12/4/2010 10:29PM

    LOL, great!

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LINDABENEDICT 12/4/2010 9:54PM

    Food for thought !

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HEALTHYARTIST1 12/4/2010 8:26PM

    My DH did a skit on this last year, it was so funny! emoticon

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NATIVE_ONE 12/4/2010 7:41PM

    Laughing out loud even though it hurts to do it! That was great!

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DKELLEY35 12/4/2010 7:07PM

    I am so glad you cleared that up.

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MATHISDJAX 12/4/2010 7:01PM

    I think I am going to learn another language then. HAHAHA

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PURPLESPEDCOW 12/4/2010 6:54PM

    Thanks for clearing that up! emoticon

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KAKIPOPUP 12/4/2010 6:47PM

    LOL!

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SAL2525 12/4/2010 6:11PM

    I am laughing too hard to type! I have taken your advice and am back to trying to get 1000 exercise minutes for the month of December. Are you doing any other challenges? Sal

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    Hahahaha love this blog!! emoticon

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