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I "Get" The Spark

Friday, March 15, 2013

I have read the Spark People book before but recently got the abridged version from the library on CD to listen to while commuting. It really gave me a boost to know that most of the suggestions from the book I am working on or already have incorporated into my life. One of the biggest things that stuck out for me is to be prepared, and I will set aside time daily to get things ready for the gym, and for planning and preparing meals.

I have been a member of SP since 071904 and I am a little embarrassed to admit that it has taken me almost 9 years to ‘get it’. I do understand now what to do during challenges and will continue with my journey to a healthier, happier way of life. I owe this to myself and my family and will never give up.

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MAW_OH 3/15/2013 3:15PM

    emoticon Never give up!

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Baring my belly and happy New year!

Monday, January 02, 2012

I watched the Dr. Oz show today and it was all about woman and belly fat. This was very relevant for me as it is my one major issue with my body, and it was inspiring to see all the woman showing their bellies on national television. I don't think I am quite ready to do that, but I can not hide the fact that my belly looks like I am ready to give birth. I also have a distorted view of my belly, and I know a picture would help me realize just how big it is. So here goes, my belly in it's full glory: and my belly from the side:

My plan is to follow Dr. Oz's tips and post new pictures of my belly every month. If interested, here is a link to the tips Dr. Oz shared today:

My belly and I wish y'all a very happy New Year!!

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CMERLE1 1/4/2012 11:31PM

    Susan, that was very brave of you to "put it out there", so to speak. I wish you good luck and look forward to seeing you post new pics as well as checking in on the team page. We really need to get together sometimes. Fifty miles is too close not to. Glad to see you again in the group post !! emoticon

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    You are brave!

Thank you again for sharing the inspirational story of the caterpillars who chose to become butterflies! I have "Hope for the Flowers" propped up in the window behind my laptop so I see it frequently. :)

- Mary emoticon

Comment edited on: 1/3/2012 6:19:55 PM

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PORGY_58 1/3/2012 6:12PM

    Wow ... awesome ... inspiring and so very true! I think I need to include a picture of what follows me out of the room as well!

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MI-ELLKAYBEE 1/3/2012 1:33PM

    emoticon You are so courageous! ANd emoticon! You will reach your goal - with your strength and determination and the grace of God who will guide you all the way. God bless your success in this journey we all share.

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JDTHUMPER 1/3/2012 11:00AM

    Yea, pictures are worth a thousand words, and believe me I stuggle with this too! I hate to look in the mirror and when I do I could just cry! My belly is as big as it was when I was 9mo pregnant I just can't stand it any more!!! so you are very encouraging for me and well I too need to have a picture of what is harming me right there in front!!

Be proud of who you are, what you are doing and where you are going!!! Looking forwar to these shots to soon be the long before photos of a new you!

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PARISTASAI 1/2/2012 11:56PM

    So proud of you!

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SHANNYSHAN80 1/2/2012 11:24PM

    That is a good idea. You are also very brave and encouraging! It's hard for me to even look at myself in the mirror. I think when I am able to get my camera working I will do the same thing. I watched the biggest loser and seeing them slowly lose the weight with the before and after picks are amazing. I think you are going to be great and I know you can do it. :)

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LIfe Is Simply Amazing!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Last night, I attended a Celebration of Life for a young woman (36) who attended our church, who passed away from cancer last month. She had been battling cancer for 8 years, yet every time I saw her, she wore a big smile on her face. She displayed the light and love of God. She never complained, and always lived her life to the fullest. At the end of the service, people released butterflies and it was so uplifting and inspirational. I know she would not want us to mourn, or waste one minute of the precious gift of life we have been given.

Thank you Lisa for being an angel on Earth, and I thank God that you are not hurting anymore. I will live each day remembering your anagram, "Life Is Simply Amazing"!

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    Wow. Inspired. (Where do you get butterflies to release? Did someone have to go out and catch them all first?) What church do you go to in Austin? I know several there.

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PORGY_58 8/15/2011 8:30AM

    It is obvious this young woman was a true blessing that God shared with us, albeit too short of a time.

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PARISTASAI 8/14/2011 3:21PM

    How sad for those who remain, to live without her, but a joy at the same time to look forward to seeing her again!

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The weight loss countdown begins and random thoughts from weekend

Monday, January 31, 2011

I have started a weight loss goal countdown ticker on FB to keep me motivated to continue with my fitness program. I have it set for my 43 birthday next February, so that gives me a year to reach my goal.

I got the call that I have been accepted to participate in the study on depression. I start on Wednesday and it will be interesting to see if I lost any more weight this past week. I also got invited to attend a women’s retreat with 40 women from our small church this Friday through Saturday afternoon. It should be a fun and uplifting time, and we have been asked to bring sweets. I am going to bring fruit salad.

I was trying to remember the last time I got dressed up for my husband, and I honestly could not remember. DH is a good man, we have had our ups and downs, and he has always been there for me when it matters the most. I decided to do something nice for myself and for him and made a nice dinner. While it was cooking, I went and took a bath and even shaved my legs. Then I picked out a skirt and blouse and fixed my hair, put on makeup and heels! He was surprised when he saw me, then DH helped me get our DS a bath and it was a nice dinner date at home. I want to do this more often! emoticon

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JUDITH1654 1/31/2011 2:04PM

    And didn't it make you feel better, too? Awesome job! Keep it up! emoticon

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PORGY_58 1/31/2011 1:58PM

    Shack ... wow ... you left the Duck at a loss for words. Doesn't happen often.

But, you have inspired the Duck once again ... the realization that you hadn't made an effort to dress up for yourself ... let alone your husband in awhile and then took action on it made the duck's heart flutter! I can think of nothing more heart-warming than to have your DH take note of your efforts, help you with the li'l one and then share a romantic evening alone!

... and it's not even valentines day, yet!

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Squash the ANTs

Thursday, January 13, 2011

In the book I am reading "Change your brain, change your life" Dr. Amen talks about how to get rid of automatic negative thoughts (ANTs). As a person who experiences depression and anxiety, this is a life changing exercise.

1. When I notice a negative thought, I will write it down in my journal.

2. I will rewrite the thought in a positive or productive way.

3. I will recognize and squash the ANTs as much as possible!!

Making a plan to take care of the ANTs as they come will keep me from feeling overwhelmed.

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PARISTASAI 7/6/2011 10:16AM

    Keep me posted on how well your anti-ANT progress goes! I am starting that life changing exercise today! I don't have the book yet, just an article.

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PORGY_58 1/18/2011 12:03PM

    interesting concept!

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CMERLE1 1/17/2011 3:41PM

    Good plan. Hope it works for you.

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WALEB1002 1/13/2011 4:42PM

    great plan!

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YATMAMA 1/13/2011 4:40PM

    I like that!!

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