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Talk Yourself into Reaching Your Goals

Sunday, July 04, 2010


Talk Yourself into Reaching Your Goals
How Self-Talk Can Help (or Hinder) Your Progress
-- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat
ion_articles.asp?id=838


In going for my sparkpoints today, I re-read this article and wanted to share it. My favorite points are:

1. Don't say anything to yourself that you wouldn’t say to someone else.
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4. Reward yourself for right thinking.

  
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LAFFLOTS57 7/9/2010 10:39PM

    I like it emoticon

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WALKINGANNIE 7/5/2010 1:39PM

    Thanks Linda. Good reminder. Hope you're OK.


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Annie

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_VALEO_ 7/5/2010 4:21AM

    That's my two favorite points too!

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VAMPS351 7/5/2010 2:54AM

    Thanks for shareing that, its surprising how much we put ourselves down and dont realise it until someone points it out.
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KNITTABLES 7/4/2010 11:22PM

    GReat article and thanks for sharing.

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CANDYGETNFIT 7/4/2010 10:48PM

    This is a very good article! I catch myself talking negative to myself all the time! One day a friend counted how many negative things I said about myself during lunch and it was over 15 times I downed myself. Now it's just a joke, where I say it all the time, but, really it's not a joke...

Thanks for printing this on your blog!

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GONE2BEACH101 7/4/2010 10:05PM

    LOL...guess I should yell at me then!! I would a friend...sort of...Sonic Blast did me in tonight!! But, that's ok, first time I went over fat and calories...guess I was due for a treat!!

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MSLZZY 7/4/2010 9:38PM

    Thanks for the good reminder! emoticon

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TAYLORCRAFTBC65 7/4/2010 9:10PM

    what ever works, do it.

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WooHoo! Another first for me!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

I am so proud of me right now! I just changed out my first hard drive!!

WooHoo!!

Ray's old Dell Optiplex's hard drive crashed so I took my old Compaq and let him have it, both running Win 98se. Well, the Compaq was just too fast for him! He couldn't see the cards in Hearts.

So I figured out how to open them both and swapped out the working HD for the non-working one! First time for everything! After the computer doing a ton-load of updating, it works! He says it is even slower than the computer used to be. He is in 7th Heaven!!

Go me!!

**I am still learning - apparently you cannot take a hd from one computer and put it into another computer and leave the operating system on it. *sigh* So today I formatted it and so far it is working great! Still slow as molasses - Ray is just so happy!
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DAWNWATERWOMAN 7/4/2010 10:49AM

    My computer has been down. Sorry that I've not posted to your blog lately. Please know that you're in my thoughts. I hope that you're doing well. Happy 4th of July. Love, Dawn

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EMBBEAR 6/29/2010 6:10PM

    Now can you fix mine? Hehe, good work!

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LAFEMMEDELALUNE 6/28/2010 5:26PM

    Great Job!!!
I am not that advanced (or courageous) yet! emoticon

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THAMLEY 6/28/2010 4:47PM

    Wow! Very exciting- I'm no so sure I would have been so brave. Isn't it great to conquer a challenge. Good job!

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TEENY_BIKINI 6/28/2010 4:25PM

    Woot!!

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USARUNNERGIRL 6/28/2010 12:53PM

    Way to go. I just had to giggle, I think that is the first time I have ever heard of someone wanting a slow computer. Teehee!

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SOPHIADARE 6/28/2010 10:53AM

    Outstanding work Madam Sysop!

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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 6/28/2010 9:39AM

    Look at you!

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Sorry that I've not been around as much as normal, but my blog subscriptions must have gotten out of whack, JUST LIKE ME

LOL

Hope you can come to Missouri to be our new technician!

Have a SPlendid Week "Techie" emoticon

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TUDI4480 6/28/2010 1:28AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Wow! I'm glad that you charged ahead and just fixed the computer. I will say I've missed you on the Walk to Rivendell though. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GRALLEN 6/27/2010 10:05PM

    Good girl. You are braver then me.

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LOPEYP 6/27/2010 7:59AM

    Wow. A new career is born! emoticon

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VAMPS351 6/27/2010 12:54AM

    LOL congratulations, that is something i would not have attempted lol.
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SLENDERELLA61 6/26/2010 7:10PM

    Very impressive, Linda!! You may be a geek and not even know it! Hope the rest of your life is going as well. You certainly are not afraid to head full speed forward and take on big challenges. Good for you!! -Marsha

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BARNABABY1 6/26/2010 6:43PM

    WOO HOO... Way To Go!!!!

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KNITTABLES 6/26/2010 6:20PM

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 6/26/2010 5:11PM

    If I were you I would be super proud too. You are really a techy!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

etc. etc. etc.

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MSMAKEOVER 6/26/2010 4:54PM

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WALKINGANNIE 6/26/2010 4:48PM

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Wow, Linda the Techy!

Well done!

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SHERRY257 6/26/2010 4:24PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon I wouldn't know where to start!

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CANDYGETNFIT 6/26/2010 3:17PM

    Woo Hoo Linda! You have talents you didn't even know you possessed! Awesome!

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CANDYGETNFIT 6/26/2010 3:16PM

    opps, my computer glitched for me! lol

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Weight Loss Motivation Worksheet!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

I decided today's blog should help others - I did this worksheet and it gave me a lot of motivation to keep on keeping on. The # 1 for me was in Personal Appearance - Keep my thighs from rubbing. I have to tell you, that is motivation and when I reached it, it was euphoria!

Find the Weight Loss Motivation Worksheet here
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/weightl
ossws_profile.asp

and use it as often as you need to remind yourself of your motivation.
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TUDI4480 7/4/2010 12:18AM

    As always, you have great ideas and resources. I wasn't aware of the weight motivation info 'til I read your blog. This seems like a really good tool. I'm using it.

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PEGGYSTILLHERE 6/24/2010 9:44PM

    Great. Thanks for the link! emoticon

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SIZE5MOTIVATED 6/24/2010 7:49PM

    Great ideas! Thank you so much! Youre always such a great support system! emoticon emoticon

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GINILEE4 6/24/2010 3:35PM

    Thank you Linda. You spend so much time helping us here on Spark. You should be working for them fulltime!!!

Gini

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MSLZZY 6/24/2010 10:50AM

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BOOKIEKAP 6/24/2010 6:39AM

    thanks for the posting very interesting. just printed mine. will look at it often. take care and your page looks so yummy


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JENIFIREHARP 6/23/2010 10:00PM

    Funny, my thighs used to rub together all the time and it used to drive me crazy, now I don't even pay attention to my thighs (most of the time LOL)

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CANDYGETNFIT 6/23/2010 8:32PM

    Great idea! I just finished making mine! Thanks for the suggestion!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 6/23/2010 4:45PM

    I want to keep fitting in my kayaks and be strong enough to paddle class IV rapids safely by the end of the season.

Not going to happen if the pounds slide back on.

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WALKINGANNIE 6/23/2010 4:43PM

    I'd forgotten that I'd done this! Thanks for the reminder.

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 6/23/2010 1:39PM

    My main motivation is not to not look like that px taken in 2000 which is on my spark page. I probably should tape it to the fridge and pantry.

Thanks for the link. You are so good at helping others. emoticon

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CLAIRESML 6/23/2010 1:19PM

    thanks for posting Linda; I had not seen this.... emoticon emoticon

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MSMAKEOVER 6/23/2010 12:54PM

    Thanks for sharing Linda. I appreciate it....
I have not done one in awhile....probably need to make a new one.! emoticon

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KNITTABLES 6/23/2010 12:48PM

    Thanks for sharing. It is time for me to change my motivational page and make new one.


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LOPEYP 6/23/2010 12:37PM

    Thanks for sharing. Good thing to keep me motivated and on track.

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VAMPS351 6/23/2010 12:28PM

    Thanks for shareing that.
I will do it when i can get on the main computer thats got a printer.

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JHADZHIA 6/23/2010 11:38AM

    Thanks for sharing. As I am at goal weight, the only motivation I need is to stay there now because it feels so good!
All the best moving forward!


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LIZZYP609 6/23/2010 10:43AM

    I did this awhile back but it is good to do it again, and again and....
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DishNetwork Free HD for life Not Free!

Monday, June 21, 2010

This is just to warn others - You not only pay the $100 for the newer upgraded receiver, but what you are not told is about the $95 service call you must pay for.

Had I known that free was going to cost me an extra $195 + taxes and surcharges I would not have bothered with the free HD.

We finally got our free local channels - big surprise, not free! Some reps tell you it is free, some tell you you used to receive a discount but the real lowdown is they changed the prices after the local channels became available. I read it in the fine print of my last bill.

If you're even thinking of moving to DishNetwork - do your homework!
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JERSEYGIRL24 6/23/2010 10:44AM

    I am a cable person and can't imagine changing. We recently changed from Comcast to Fios and just love it. Years ago my father got mad at his cable company (I think they were going to charge an extra buck or two a month to cover MSG network or something like that) and spent countless dollars on dishes, etc. to get around it. Classic case of cutting off one's nose to spite their face. Now my mom has Verizon Fios as well.

I guess it goes back to the old adage - if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

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MSLZZY 6/21/2010 8:47PM

    Bummer! That's why we have Directv!

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GRALLEN 6/21/2010 8:42PM

    We already have Dish but I think we've been getting the HD already and probably paying for it too.

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VICD25 6/21/2010 4:05PM

    Wow, sorry this happened to you. I guess it goes back to the old "buyer beware" mantra.

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LOPEYP 6/21/2010 3:55PM

    Get the estimate in writing first. That's what happened to my aunt with verizon and she found herself paying more than she was told.

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KNITTABLES 6/21/2010 2:48PM

    THanks for the info. I stick to my regular Shaw cable and that cost an arm and a leg plus and ear.

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CAPECODDOGFISH 6/21/2010 12:55PM

    One more reason I don't bother with TV. DN rips you off and Comcast has given customer service a whole new meaning. (like a non existent service) plus also a lot of hidden charges.
I wonder what would happen if everyone unsubscribed for a month. I believe you would see a lot of changes in how those companies operate (Verizon too)

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MARTY19 6/21/2010 12:47PM

    thanks for the info. I was thinking about changing but now I think I will stay with Comcast.

Marty

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MRE1956 6/21/2010 11:35AM

    I was SOOOOOO "non-impressed" w/DN when I learned that they did NOT have FitTV......THE NERVE!

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SLENDERELLA61 6/21/2010 11:21AM

    Thanks for the warning!! -Marsha

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Calories In vs. Calories Out/Daily Calorie Differential

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Calories In vs. Calories Out/Daily Calorie Differential
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/insider.
asp?spiid=46

Today's SparkPeople Insider deals with your Reports page (found under the "My Tools" tab at the top of the site) and the notation is that SparkPeople does not recommend focusing on your daily calorie differential with the added, "remember, weight loss happens by creating a caloric deficit over time - not in a single day". SP does not encourage people to eat more on the days they work out or eat less on days they don't exercise. We are encouraged to look at the calorie goals on a weekly - not daily - basis.

This would be all well & good if this had worked for us all along. Speaking for myself, it helps motivate me when I check my daily report and can see in black & white that I am over in my 'calories in' for the 'calories out' for the day. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that if I go over every day for a week - I am going to gain weight!

I am not normal when it comes to food and eating. This was difficult to accept but it is where I am and who I am.

The best of tools when used incorrectly will not give us a perfect product. A hammer with nails and boards will not automatically build anything without the knowledge of how to use them.

The Calorie Differential is a tool to be used wisely to help achieve the end results we are all wanting. Whatever works for you, that is what you need to be doing. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" comes to mind. If your program is not working, then reevaluate the tools available to all of us for free.

This is just my humble opinion.

  
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KNITTABLES 6/20/2010 11:36PM

    Well said and I totally agree. I love using these reports daily, weekly and monthly, It a fabulous tool to use.

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CANDYGETNFIT 6/20/2010 11:15PM

    I totally agree with you Linda. The problem with me is I don't track everything I eat. I want to cheat sometimes and as a result do not track....but that defeats my purpose. I will try to be more diligent tomorrow....starting right now.

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POLARBEARSCAT 6/20/2010 10:31PM

    I agree -- and identify with Marcia -- that it only works when you track ALL of your food. Those little bites here and there that I don't count really add up!

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AMBUDMAN 6/20/2010 10:06PM

    I started using the calorie differential report in January and since I started using it I have started losing weight and I am almost at my goal. I love this tool!!!

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SUPREME5 6/20/2010 8:48PM

    THANKS FOR THIS GREAT BLOG

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MSLZZY 6/20/2010 6:09PM

    Good information-thank you! emoticon

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EMBBEAR 6/20/2010 5:55PM

    I also thought that was weird that they posted that there. The only way I have achieved weight loss was by tracking my deficit daily. Whatever works I guess!

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SLENDERELLA61 6/20/2010 5:46PM

    Thanks for highlighting that report. I've seen it, but not used it regularly. In order for it to be useful, I've got to commit to tracking 100%, not 95%, of my food!! Might be a reason to motivate me to be a little more conscientious. Thanks, Marsha

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GRALLEN 6/20/2010 5:35PM

    Ya know, I never knew that was there. That'll make posting to the differential thread on BTN a lot easier and save me a bunch of time.

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 6/20/2010 5:34PM

    I use it. Right now my goal is pretty low......at least a 50 calorie deficit. Some days I am way over that, and that is good. I figure even minus 50 is in the right direction since right now I am mainly trying to maintain, though losing a # or 2 over the year wouldn't be bad. emoticon

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WALKINGANNIE 6/20/2010 5:34PM

    I use the calorie differential reports and find them very useful to indicate trends. I found them especially helpful when I was trying to settle at my 'home weight' after reaching goal.

Thanks for highlighting the report - and for all your personal support as ever.

Love,

Annie x

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_VALEO_ 6/20/2010 5:34PM

    Good reminder.

Right now, I have to check everything very careful as I can't workout anymore, and I can't weigh myself.



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EMMABE1 6/20/2010 5:29PM

    The calorie diferential tool is very useful to most people - provided that your BMR is round the SP estimated one !! In my case my BMR is wildly different from their estimation therefore the differential is also wildly wrong!!

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