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Choices

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Your day begins - 5:45 a.m., 6:30 a.m., 7:00 a.m. Any of those times will do. You roll out of bed to the sound of the alarm clock. Go through your morning routine, whether its 30 minutes of exercise, a quick shower, a bite to eat and out the door, or something a bit less manic.

Before leaving for work, you determine that supper tonight will consist of the leftovers that are hanging out in the fridge. Its grocery night so the perfect time to clean out the fridge of all this food. Sounds like a great plan, right?

You spend your day at work and before you know it its time to head home. You're still on the fly as you come through the door. Empty your lunch kit, kick off your shoes and pass by the table on your way to change into something more comfortable. As you cruise by the table you notice some papers lying there. Closer inspection shows that these aren't just any papers - they are coupons for fast food.

You shake your head and head for your closet for your evening getup. But all the while you are changing your clothes those coupons are in the back of your mind. By the time you find yourself back in the kitchen you've pretty much made up your mind that a 1/4 pounder with cheese, large fry and drink sounds better than the left over ham, rice and home-grown tomatoes that were on the menu this morning.

You have two choices:

a) Fight the urge to make a poor nutrition choice, stick with this morning's plans and eat healthy
or
b) Head to the nearest Micky D's

You're 'this' close to heading back out the door with a coupon in your hand, when a light-bulb comes on! Why spend 15 minutes driving to the fast-food joint, wait in line for another 10 just so you can make use of a coupon that will give you twice as much of everything in a super-sized size?

575 calories of over-priced, cholesterol loaded and saturated in salt, food
or
288 calories of home-prepared food

You flick the little red devil off your shoulder and open the fridge. After a supper that was less than half the calories of the coupon meal, and after the 20 minutes spent cleaning the kitchen up and putting things away, you take a look at your pedometer. You've just added 786 steps! Wonder of wonders, not only did you save money and calories, but you added a bit more activity into your day! Another battle won!

  
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KOGOSHUKO 9/12/2011 8:07AM

    The best part of living in an apartment building is that there is a garbage can where the mailboxes are. I throw everything in the garbage that isn't addressed to me. This includes coupons, flyers, and those really annoying letters from Bell. This saves me from the temptation of spending money where I don't need to (which I do well enough by myself). :)

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It's Never To Late To....

Friday, September 02, 2011

Act on your dreams.
Be what you want to be.
Change your future.
Do things differently.
Enrich othersí lives.
Face your fears.
Get out of neutral.
Have fun.
Initiate friendships.
Jumpstart possibilities.
Knock the ďtĒ off canít.
Live enthusiastically.
Make a difference.
Be Nonjudgmental.
Orchestrate your legacy.
Plan for tomorrow.
Question your priorities.
Reinvent yourself.
Stop keeping score.
Take a leap of faith.
Uncork your mind.
Value who you are.
Wake up your luck.
eXplore your spirituality.
Yearn for fulfillment.
Zoom in on love.

By Meiji Stewart

Another poem by the same lady. And once again, I'm sure we all can find five lines in this poem that point to where/what/who we want to be.

  


Dare to...

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Ask for what you want.
Believe in yourself.
Change your mind.
Do what you love.
Enjoy each and every day.
Follow your heartís desire.
Give more than you receive.
Have a sense of humour.
Insist on being yourself.
Join in more.
Kiss and make up.
Love and be loved.
Make new friends.
Nurture your spirit.
Overcome adversity.
Play more.
Question conformity.
Reach for the stars.
Speak your truth.
Take personal responsibility.
Understand more, judge less.
Volunteer your time.
Walk through fear.
Xperience the moment.
Yearn for grace.
Be Zany.

Borrowed from Meiji Stewart

I dare say that every one of us Spark members can find at least 5 lines in this little poem that reflect who we are, what we want to be, and how we plan on getting there. Which five lines reflect you?

  
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DAZZEEDOO 9/1/2011 1:22PM

    Wonderful poem. Thanks for sharing it.



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Who Would have Thunk It?

Friday, June 03, 2011

Who would have thunk it? Yesterday I read a blog on SparkPeople about MBT (Masai Barefoot Technology) shoes written by Catherine Pearson a guest blogger. I want to send a big thank-you out to both Catherine and SparkPeople.

I was at Walmart last night and because of the blog I had read, I cruised down the shoe aisles and found a pair of Dr Schollís Athletic ďAdventureĒ Mary Jane shoes on sale for $15.00. Thatís right, just $15. So now I have a pair of these shoes that I can wear at work in my business attire!

Iíve been a big fan of Skecherís ShapeUps for over 9 months. I refuse to go walking in anything but them. It takes a bit of getting used to getting your balance wearing this type of shoe, but after youíve accomplished this, thereís no going back to basic runners. Now I wonít need to change shoes at lunchtime before going for my mini Spark break moment.








  
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HULLAHONEY 7/18/2011 1:20PM

    I'm going to have to walk down my Wal Marts shoes aisle and see if I can find some... what a deal...~smile~ and there is nothing like a comfortable pair of shoe's that will also keep you in shape..~smile~ I have Planter Fasciitis from waiting tables for many years... so I do need something with a slight heal... I have some Skechers Sneakers but they hurt my feet... So do these have a slight heal or does your heal sink in some ? emoticon

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MARYALICE411 6/6/2011 2:58PM

    I tried some Skecherís ShapeUps in the store and loved them. Took them home and an hour later my ankle hurt so bad I couldn't walk for almost 24 hours. Maybe they are good for most people, but not for people with ankle problems.

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Gaming

Monday, May 30, 2011

Ok, I admit it. I am a compulsive gamer. Whether its The Sims, Neopets, Farmville or SparkPeople, I just can't help myself.

Yes, I included SparkPeople in my list of favourite gaming things to do. SP knew what they were doing when they created the point wheel to spin daily. It got me hooked, long before I was committed to creating a healthier lifestyle for myself.

Now if only my recumbent exercise bike could offer me a wheel to spin! No, wait a minute, there is a wheel on there I can spin!

  
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RUBYTWOSDAY 6/3/2011 1:20PM

    You've got it right - the wheel on that bike is the important one!

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TEMPEST272002 6/3/2011 10:42AM

    You made me chuckle with that last line! SP is totally designed to get us hooked. Hubby calls it my "sparkplugs cult". lol BUT, it's changed my life for the better. I feel amazing & 20 years younger - so I'm glad I'm hooked. But here's the thing... spinning the wheel & reading articles will only take you so far. It's not what you know, it's what you DO. Now go spin that bike wheel!

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