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Motivator of the Day!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

This is my first time to be "Motivator of the Day" and let me tell you, it took me by surprise and made me feel good all at the same time!

I was overwhelmed by the number of comments to my spark page, the goodies I received, as well as comments on photo's. I wish I had the time to answer each and every one of you as it was so sweet of you to take the time to send me congratulations and support -- but I'm sure you all know how those daily tasks of ours patiently wait (sometimes impatiently) while we do our emails and assorted tasks on the computer.

It's one of the things I love most about SparkPeople -- that feeling of friendship that reaches out over the miles as you realize it doesn't matter if you live in Kansas and are 18 years old or are a senior of 72 living in Arizona -- we're all on here for a more healthy lifestyle and to see an improvement in our physical appearance. Some of us are struggling, some have reached their goals, but remain as friends, others are just getting started on their journey. But we all still have that common thread that holds us together and weaves the cloth of friendship -- and that's our belief and desire of being more healthy. Hurray for SP! It brings us together, and our faith and love of one another binds us together!
Have a great day!

  
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KITTYKRS 7/1/2011 10:15PM

  Congratulations on being MOD!! I very much enjoyed your blogs!! Keep up the good work!!


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PSMITH3841 7/1/2011 1:08PM

    Surprised????? Dear friend, you must be the only one that is! Congrats! emoticon

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LIS193 7/1/2011 12:16AM

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MMUSICK85 6/30/2011 5:56PM

    Congratulations!!

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 6/30/2011 10:46AM

    GOOD for you--that is quite an honor. You are a beautiful lady--keep up the great work!

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VITCHY-VICKI 6/30/2011 7:35AM

    emoticonon the great emoticonaward you deserve it
God's Blessings
Vicki

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DANCINCAJUN1 6/29/2011 10:42PM

    Amen to that !!! congratulations !!

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Nooks & Crannies of Flowers (w/photo's)

Friday, June 24, 2011

This is a little niche in the boulders around my home that is a sheltered spot for my lilies. Although a 'tiger lily' is in bloom, I did not do a close-up of it.
Here is a close-up of a beautiful white lily that is in full bloom!
Another little flower bed made by Mother Nature, just needed a few rocks in the front to hold in the good dirt. I put these 3 plants in, which I can't remember the name of -- tall bluish/purple flowers on top of a long stem. Not in the picture as I planted them later, are small Rosemary which I think will hang down over the rocks.
Another flower planter by Mother Nature, located just to the left of the previous one shown. The purple flowers are salvia, and my DH gathered seeds from wild flowers in our area and planted them alongside, for contrast. Don't have a name right now, but I am including a close-up of the wild flower in the next shot.

This is the flower bed that DH and I worked so hard on last fall, driving for miles to find the rocks, assembling it, and finally getting it filled with dirt. We now have it filled with marigolds, petunias, marigolds, a rose bush, salvia, penta's and penstemon, as well as a couple I don't have names for, and last night added a couple of sea lavender.

That's all I have photo's of. Hope you enjoyed the bit of color in my yard -- perhaps later in the summer as it all fills in we'll take more photo's!
Enjoy your summer -- take time to "smell the roses!"

  
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MMUSICK85 6/30/2011 5:57PM

    So beautiful!!

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OLDERDANDRT 6/29/2011 2:40PM

    Very lovely, sweet flowers!!! Love how Mother Nature helped you arrange some of them!! Just very sweet! Love to see your pics. Your hard work paid off big time, my friend! emoticon

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DEBBIEOLMOS57 6/29/2011 12:44PM

    i love what you have done with the yard

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SKEETER13887 6/29/2011 7:55AM

    Very Nice! I love flowers but have little time for planting. I feel like I am living a split life - two of my kids are married and out of the house with kids of their own; I have a 15 year old still at home and have custody of one of my granddaughters who has special needs. In addition I am still a full time police sergeant. At a time when I should be winding down and considering retirement (and all the nice connotations that go along with it) I am gearing up for band camp, soccer camp, my adjunct teaching assignment and supporting my husband's schedule. Oh how I would love to be looking for stuff to put in my flower garden!

Enjoy your beautiful flowers! I envy you.

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CATSANDGARDENS 6/29/2011 7:27AM

    I love the photos, you've started a seed planting in my mind for the creation and planting of the nooks in my yard!

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CATLADY52 6/26/2011 1:42PM

    Very creative use of what you have and where you have it. Thanks so much. emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 6/26/2011 8:47AM

    emoticonLove all the flowers so pretty you guys did a good job
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MARPET44 6/25/2011 7:35AM

    How interesting! Love the contrasts.

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STILLFLYIN 6/24/2011 8:29PM

    Lovely! I really like flowers and rocks.


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JLPARKHURST 6/24/2011 5:45PM

    Beautiful! I love the lily

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LIS193 6/24/2011 5:14PM

    So pretty!
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When Your Best Isn't Good Enough!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

There are times when even your BEST isn't good enough! You make the right choices, you do the exercises, you walk the walk and talk the talk -- but the scale just doesn't budge!

What to do? Here again there are choices:

1. Go on a binge, what the heck, it isn't working anyway!

2. Tell yourself the scale will come down soon and keep working at it.

3. Go over your plan and see if there is a way you can change it a bit, perhaps give it a little boost that will change your metabolism.

So there you go! Which one are you going to choose? #1, #2 or #3. The choice is YOURS!
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MEADSBAY 6/29/2011 9:18AM

    Been there.
Tried all 3.
Still stuck.
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POETANDMORE 6/27/2011 4:12AM

    did #1, after you suggested it! it worked! thanks!

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SUGARSMOM2 6/24/2011 6:39PM

  well that's some ways to do it . we can deal as well as we can . get out of the house and walk away from the table put down the fork .

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LIS193 6/24/2011 5:15PM

    Anything but #1... Great blog

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VITCHY-VICKI 6/24/2011 6:45AM

    Think I will do all of them but like someone here at Sparks said as long as your trying your on the right path to this weight loss journey
so I will keep trying
WE can do this
Vicki

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JLPARKHURST 6/23/2011 6:45PM

    I have been doing 2 but I think I should start looking at 3

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CATLADY52 6/23/2011 3:43PM

    It's been an uphill battle all along but I keep on trying. A simple little change is what I'm trying now. At least I think it is simple. emoticon

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NORAHNICK 6/23/2011 2:52PM

    In 7 days it will have been one month since I lost any weight or inches. I've been going with #2 but I'm thinking maybe I better switch to #3!

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MARPET44 6/23/2011 2:48PM

    I have been at a plateau for months. I just keep plodding on, and I have lost 2# in the last month. Just more stubborn than that scale. emoticon

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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.

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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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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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