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What I Get Out of Spark People

Friday, June 17, 2011

When you think of a "healthy Lifestyle" site you probably think about diet/food plans, exercise programs, and lots of articles telling what to do and what not to do. While SP does contain all those things, it offers so much more than that.

For me, the reason it has worked to be on SparkPeople is not the fact that someone is hovering over me, making note of every morsel of food that enters my mouth, or keeping track of my fitness minutes each day. No! There are real life people on here, people who have become my friends, people who share the same problems I have, someone I can reach out to when the scale goes up, or rejoice with when the scale goes down. They are with me thru thick and thin, they understand if I binge on a bag of cookies or potato chips, because they have probably done the same thing at one time or another.

It's also a place when I can seek out specific information, get in touch with one of the many coaches we have if I can't find the answer on my own, I can get advice, hints, recipes, and read articles on just about any known subject. I've learned a lot in the 3+ years that I have been a member, and when I reach my goal I have no intention of dropping out of this neat little world I have discovered.

It would be like saying to your Mom and Dad when you reach 18 years of age, "OK, you've raised me, and now that I'm an adult I have no further need for you, so Good-bye." I plan on staying on as a member, it has become part of my daily routine. Just because the magic number I'm looking for may suddenly (that's a laugh) come up on my scale, it doesn't mean it's the end of the journey. Healthy Lifestyle is exactly that -- it's a lifestyle that is healthy. If you fall back into old habits, and we all know those "old habits" were not what anyone in their right mind would call "healthy." If you start slipping into those habits again the weight on the scale is going to start creeping up and before you know it you can be back where you started.

So when I discovered SparkPeople it was just another site I decided to check out. But as I have lived, learned and grown with them, it has become a part of that healthy lifestyle I was seeking. And as a part of my lifestyle I have no intention of cutting it out. I have no intention of cutting out drinking water, so why would I want to cut out my inspiration and my motivation.

I LOVE SP ! emoticon

  
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MEADSBAY 6/29/2011 9:21AM

    My sentiments, exactly!
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VITCHY-VICKI 6/20/2011 7:50AM

    emoticonBlog and so true
I have been with sparks 3 years too and even though I have not seen my goal yet I know my friends here will stick with me until I do see it
Thanks everyone for being my sparks friend emoticon emoticon
Vicki

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CATLADY52 6/18/2011 5:30PM

    Thanks to people like you we are all made better! emoticon emoticon

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STILLFLYIN 6/17/2011 5:18PM

    You said it so well.
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GINNIE535 6/17/2011 3:35PM

    Yeah... this place is amazing :) Truly the best thing that has happened for my health- glad you are here with us!

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LIS193 6/17/2011 2:55PM

    Great blog! You nailed it :) This site is wonderful and the people have become friends.
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My SCALE is Tempermental

Thursday, June 16, 2011

My scale is a tempermental little emoticon!

Have you ever seen a frustrated mother trying to pull her child to bed or anywhere else he didn't want to go? They stiffen up their legs and bodies and they feel like they weigh 100 pounds -- it's really hard to budge them!

When I gain a pound or two -- boom! the scale zooms right up there to report it, like it just can't wait to impart that news to me. Ya-ya-ya YOU GAINED WEIGHT! Right, I know! But when I'm really being good, eating the right food, knocking myself out exercising -- does the scale jump the gun and shout at me: YOU'RE DOING IT -- IT'S COMING DOWN! NO! Just tiny little whispers as it struggles to hang on to the bigger numbers, it inches itself down by mere .2 and .4 pounds at a time, usually hanging onto the miniscule weight loss 3 or 4 days at a time until FINALLY you are back down to where you were a week ago. And that's where you stay until the next unfortunate time that something sneaks it's way into your mouth!

  
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LIS193 6/17/2011 9:48AM

    Hmm... mine does that too :( It takes 4-5 days to recover from one little slip and a week after a bigger slip... Not fair!!


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VITCHY-VICKI 6/17/2011 8:27AM

    my emoticon is like that too they really need to get a yo yo icon for that is what my scale is doing to me
We will get these scales to be good one day keep up the good work kido
Vicki

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NORAHNICK 6/16/2011 6:52PM

    Ugh. Those scales!!!! Mine has the same, nasty temperment!!!

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OLDERDANDRT 6/16/2011 5:05PM

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JENNIKANDU 6/16/2011 11:28AM

    I know EXACTLY what you mean! My scale and I definetly haven't been seeing eye-to-eye the last few weeks and it's soooooo frusterating when you KNOW you're doing well. Keep at it!

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13DETERMINEDME 6/16/2011 11:17AM

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Feeling Healthy!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

emoticon I'm feeling healthy and life is good! I have not quite reached my goal; but after all, it is just a number! What matters most is that I'm looking good, I'm feeling healthy and I am full of energy. When you wake up in the morning eager to face the fun or the chores of the day, isn't that what life is all about?

For a couple of days my dog's paw was so sore she couldn't walk, but she didn't really want to stay home while I walked either, so I didn't go. Do you know that I actually "missed" those walks! There was a time when that would not have been true as any excuse was welcome to not have to exercise. Now I walk these country roads, taking deep breathes and swinging my arms. OK, the flies and insects are annoying, but I still love it!

I look at myself in the mirror and although there are still a few pounds I'd like to get off, the overall picture is not too shabby! I know I'm a healthy person and the glow on my skin is my proof! There is no saggy skin on my body and when you look at my legs and arms you'd never guess my true age! It doesn't get any better than this!

Sure, I have days when I eat stuff I know I shouldn't -- but it's what keeps me motivated. If someone said I could "never" have another piece of pizza it would be all I would think of. But I know if I really want something I can have it. It may slow me down for a day or even a week, but then I'll get back on track and I will never have to look at a scale with the really big numbers again - EVER!

  
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VITCHY-VICKI 6/16/2011 6:34AM

    emoticonblog we can do this
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STILLFLYIN 6/15/2011 8:09PM

    Ain't life great?
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MARPET44 6/15/2011 1:21PM

    emoticon I feel good on the days I do the most. I do not know if I will ever reach my goal weight but as you say, it is just a number. Friends tell me that I look greaty, and that I can now walk without the limp that I had after knee replacement.
Hope your doggie's paw is feeling better. My one dog is always getting thorns between the pads.
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What's Healthy?

Friday, June 10, 2011



How much Healthy Choice ice cream can I eat before it's no longer a healthy choice?

  
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PSMITH3841 6/13/2011 11:27AM

    Hmm, never thought about it that way....Good question! emoticon

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LIS193 6/12/2011 12:41PM

    Moderation.... :)
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VITCHY-VICKI 6/11/2011 7:10PM

    emoticon emoticonIce Cream I want Ice Cream


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STILLFLYIN 6/10/2011 11:37PM

    Too funny!
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CATLADY52 6/10/2011 3:55PM

    One half cup at a time, but then you can only do it once a day. Any more and it's an addiction. emoticon emoticon

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JLPARKHURST 6/10/2011 3:50PM

    I don't know but Ice cream sure sonds yummy!!!!

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You Get OUT What You Put IN

Thursday, June 02, 2011

I'm not advocating that you should move through life with a drink in your hand -- but you have to admit the lady in that picture is nice and slim versus the fat blob in the other picture!

You know we all get out of life what we put into it. It's a matter of effort. Back in High School you found if you took the time to study instead of spending the majority of your time playing, you ended up with good marks. And in your job the more time and effort you put into it, the more you got out of it, and that probably went for promotions and pay raises also. It holds true for nearly everything we do in our lives. Big things, small things, it really doesn't matter.

If you were washing dishes and you decided to just let them 'drain dry' rather than taking a dish towel and drying them to a nice gleam -- which would look the best? Or, let's say your yard is full of weeds. You can spray them with weed killer and in a couple of days you'll have dried up weeds. The weed will still be there, and it will be better than a 2-foot tall healthy green weed, but imagine if you had put more effort into it, and PULLED the weed. It would have looked so much nicer.

It's not easy when you make the decision to live a healthy lifestyle to give up, or cut down on, many of the foods you love. OK, you know the pizza isn't the best choice, but it's so GOOD! Hey! 5 years ago I could eat anything I wanted and never gained an ounce. Well, good for you but look at you now! Where did that extra 40 pounds come from? Things change, the amount of exercise changes, our responsibilities change.

In the long run, as you begin to give up some of the rich, fat-filled food that you love, you will find that you no longer yearn for them. It's happened to me, so I know this is true. There have been times when I've allowed myself a treat that used to be a mainstay of my diet -- only to find that it no longer tasted all that good. You learn to enjoy different things.

The same goes for exercise. When you are 30, 50, 100 pounds overweight do you truly think you will ENJOY going on brisk walks, jogging, riding a bike or hundreds of other things that make you get out there, move around, and get all sweaty? Probably not. But also realize that as that same weight begins to drop off, the enjoyment increases. When you are healthy and fit, exercise becomes something you look forward to. I'm not saying you will suddenly enjoy jogging -- each person has their own favorite type of exercise; but somewhere, something will be something you look forward to during your spare time. Something you will begin to MAKE THE TIME TO DO!

Remember, the more effort you put into your decision to live a healthy lifestyle, the better results you will see!

Have a sparkin' day! emoticon

  
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TRISTAROSE 6/16/2011 7:21AM

    emoticon Great blog!!

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PSMITH3841 6/6/2011 1:44PM

    Great blog, came just at the right time for me! Thanks kiddo! emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 6/5/2011 9:05AM

    emoticonBlog

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LIS193 6/4/2011 12:58AM

    SO TRUE!!
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KAYWEB555 6/3/2011 8:31AM

    Great Blog I'm still thinking !

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CATLADY52 6/2/2011 9:31PM

    This is a good time for all of us to look at ourselves and decide which is more important. The status quo or a heathier life style. emoticon

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PENNI68 6/2/2011 1:31PM

    Nice blog! Thanks for sharing!!

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MARPET44 6/2/2011 1:31PM

    It is a lot of hard work and effort but the results are so worth it. emoticon

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