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Who motivates a motivator?

Saturday, July 10, 2010

I'm glad you asked!

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=GE
MSTONE1952


I found this lady early in my journey and was truly motivated by her story! She lost weight and beat the odds - she managed to stay off diabetes medications through weight loss!

Very inspiring indeed!
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Love,
Linda

  
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MONGO2TEN 7/16/2010 5:42AM

    Great - thanks for sharing:)

~Nancy

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PENNYAN45 7/13/2010 8:50PM

    Thanks for sharing this. This was a very inspiring story -- that could motivate anybody.

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SHERRY257 7/11/2010 10:58PM

    Thanks for sharing! You are amazing! emoticon

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SHEENADEE 7/11/2010 12:43PM

    Thanks for sharing this link, Linda. I visited her page & it is easy to see why you say she is motivational....so are you, of course. Thanks!

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SOPHIADARE 7/11/2010 8:32AM

    My eagerness to avoid adding diabetes to my chronic disease list keeps me off soda pop and fruit juice (I eat rather than drink my fruit now). I do get where she's coming from. Thanks for the pointer to an inspiring story.

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VAMPS351 7/11/2010 1:41AM

    emoticon for shareing that.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 7/10/2010 8:19PM

    Thanks for sharing... both in the blog and on the journey. Love, Dawn

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BITTYGIRL51 7/10/2010 7:58PM

    Wow, I think that was a "God moment"...I just had a member join WW today that is diabetic. I have shared this blog with him. Thanks for sharing it.

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CATHEITE 7/10/2010 5:40PM

    Thanks for sharing, Linda. People like GEMSTONE1952 help us see what we're all capable of achieving.

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Do you know your numbers?

Monday, July 05, 2010

I see a lot of fear about reaching maintenance. While there are some members that cannot fit into the "molds" set here at SparkPeople, on average I think most of us do.

By knowing your own personal BMR - Basal Metabolic Rate - you can know if you are on track for losing, maintaining or even gaining weight. **Knowing your numbers is helpful for losing the weight - not only for maintaining. Getting your head around the numbers shows you what must be done to lose this weight once and forever.

I like to get my numbers at www.caloriesperhour.com/index_burn.p
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but this is only because this is where I learned.

You can also find your number at SparkPeople Reports, under My Tools and then Reports - choose daily calorie differential to see how you are doing.

I do know that there are people that read my blogs that do not fit the mold - but the gist of this is the same. If you know your personal BMR, you should be able to adjust your calories in versus your calories out.

Here is an article by Spark_Coach_Becky:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calorie
_calculation101.asp


Here is how to calculate your BMR:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
_articles.asp?id=385


For those members that do not "fit the mold" I guess you will need to ask your physician how to calculate a working number.

My BMR is right around 1400 calories for my 61.5" frame for a 58 year old woman weighing 117 lbs. What this tells me is, if I want to eat another 400 calories daily, I must burn 400+ calories daily too.

This gives new meaning to having your cake and eating it too!
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Is it worth it? You betcha! It's worth it to me.
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MELSY82 7/9/2010 1:23PM

    Wow, I should be eating a bit more calories. Thank you for the link as well, a great find!

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PEGGYSTILLHERE 7/8/2010 10:04PM

    Thanks for sharing your wealth of information! emoticon

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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 7/8/2010 6:45PM

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Love that wall paper too.

Have a SPlendid Weekend, yes, I'm a day early,

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CANDYGETNFIT 7/8/2010 1:26AM

    Wow, I never knew how to figure my BMR before and for me it's 1467 calories per day! Thanks for sharing this info!

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GRALLEN 7/7/2010 8:45PM

    Great blog. And I checked out the BMR link. It's about where I thought it was. However on the reports page, on the daily calorie differential it has me way higher on BMR so not sure how Spark came up with that.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 7/6/2010 9:56AM

    Thanks for all the information. Love ya, Dawn

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SOPHIADARE 7/6/2010 9:17AM

    Even those of us who aren't "normal" can find that kind of information useful. Measured while we're off kilter, it gives us a record and some useful information. If our health improves, we re-measure, compare the two, and use the new information.

Also, if I'm far enough along to expect results to show in weight loss instead of the formation of habits, knowing the numbers and checking on them from time to time can be a useful way to find out whether a mindful eating program is effective or a way of deluding myself.

Thanks for making the great info conveniently available!

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MSLZZY 7/6/2010 7:12AM

    Great informations and links! Thank you! emoticon

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MINORCANLDY 7/6/2010 7:05AM

    That was great Info. Thank You!

Mine are about what I calculated but a bit higher (woo hoo).
BMR 1,666 RMR 1,581

So, I'm on track :)

Gin



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SKYGIRL21 7/5/2010 10:14PM

    Learn something new everyday. Now I know my number too!

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CLAIRESML 7/5/2010 6:31PM

    thanks for posting Linda. Now I know my bmr number is 1787 or so....
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KAREN42BOYS 7/5/2010 4:45PM

    glad to see you're still a "by the numbers" kind of gal!

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MARTY19 7/5/2010 4:24PM

    You are awesome my friend. You took your numbers and made them work for you. There is still hope for the rest of us. LOL!

Hugs,
Marty

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EMMABE1 7/5/2010 4:15PM

    Great info for those who are there - I'll worry about that when and if I ever get near my goal weight!!

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SMOOCHIEFACE 7/5/2010 3:34PM

    Great info - thanks for the post!

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ASTORRES1 7/5/2010 3:30PM

    You are sucha great mentor Linda...thanks!!!!
I think I fit the "mold".......lol



amy

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MRSMLBJ 7/5/2010 3:18PM

    Thanks for the info. I will soon know my numbers.

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PAISHAR2 7/5/2010 3:14PM

    WOOHOO!!!!!! THANKS FOR THE INFORMATION!!!!!!

SHARON

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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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_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!!!
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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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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

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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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FORMYDARLINGS 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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