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Dumped the Christmas Cookies!

Monday, January 11, 2010

I took them out of the freezer, selected 4 of the best to keep, and then dumped the rest. Just really didn't want them hanging around. I feel very good about this choice.

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ANNIEONLI 1/12/2010 6:38PM

    Teeheehee - LOVE IT!! I do that too, except it's right after the Christmas holiday ends. I call it the "Great Cookie Toss of (insert year here)". This year, each kid took a tray or a carton and tossed them into the garbage - it made it fun for them too and taught them that you don't need to keep sweet stuff around even though you made them yourself...You can always make it if you really want it bad enough!

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PEGGYANNSCH 1/12/2010 2:07PM


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SEAWITCHBLUE 1/12/2010 12:28PM

    I get my OH to hide any chocky biscuits (which HE loves) in a drawer somewhere so that I do not see them in the kitchen.

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DONNABRIGHT 1/12/2010 9:24AM

    I can leave cookies in the freezer as I do not have a sweet tooth. Now if we're talking a bag of potato chips - they have to go out the door!

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TALLTABBY 1/11/2010 7:15PM

  Great Job! I need to dump all the gingerbread cookies I have hanging around.

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Shameless Reward Junkie!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

I am without a doubt a shameless reward junkie! I carry around my Weight Watcher awards: my 10% (of total body weight lost) award, my 16 week Stay and Succeed Award, my 25 Pounds Lost award, my Goal Weight Star, and my Key to Lifetime. My 50 pound lost magnet I earned in 1998 is on my refrigerator. They help remind me of where I was, what I've learned, and what I've accomplished. Motivating.

Now comes SparkPeople. Love those trophies! Love to keep those streaks going! Love to see those SparkPoints rack up! Motivating.

Without a doubt I have continued to improve my eating, strength and activity by using SparkPeople. And with this blog I achieve a new milestone that may have some significance: 10,000 SparkPoints.

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REDGRAMA 1/11/2010 4:09PM

    Congratulation my friend on your 10,000. I feel pretty much the way you do. I guess as humans, we feel the NEED TO ACCOMPLISH.
aT LEAST, SOME OF US. Thank GOD they are ALL on SPARKS.
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AQUAGIRL08 1/10/2010 9:18PM

    Congratulations on hitting the 10,000 point mark!
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    Congratulations! emoticon
Recognition for our achievements is a very important motivator. I, too, am a keeper of my awards (I have my WeightWatchers gold key that I earned 25 years ago!

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PO_PAZZA 1/10/2010 12:54PM

    Who would ever think we could be motivated by virtual rewards? But it's true.

Here's another one for you from me.



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KRESKA 1/10/2010 8:12AM

    emoticon!!! I love rewards too, nothing wrong with feeling proud of your success.

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Saturday, January 09, 2010

Here I am just reading along, amongst all the gems in The Spark, looking for things to apply to my life, when there it is! My SparkFriend, RAYLINSTEPHENS, quoted on page 39! And what she had to say about trusting SparkPeople and eating enough to not trigger binges is truly profound. Definitely applies to me.

If you haven't already, be sure to get the book. Read Linda's wise words and much more.

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MONGO2TEN 1/13/2010 5:23AM

    I have the book, but haven't had time to read it yet. I'm hoping to start with a chapter a day. Looking forward to finding the quote by Raylinstephens:)


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WALKINGANNIE 1/10/2010 10:43AM

    Yay! We're friends with a proper celeb!

Sadly, the UK has not been Sparked yet in book form. All Amazon pre-orders have been delayed with no revised delivery date. Bah!

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PEGGYANNSCH 1/10/2010 9:20AM

    I have not got the book yet .Don't have the money right now

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    Thank you OldMom!

I only speak the truth! When I let go and let Spark show me the way, my binges became a thing of the past.

SparkPeople works!!

Love you,

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JCORYCMA 1/9/2010 12:02PM

    I wasn't sure at first if the book would offer me anything I hadn't already found on the website but I'm so glad I read it! I've picked up tremendous advice and I find myself
re-reading the section on goal setting over and over. I've been really sick for several weeks and I even made a vision collage of healthy images and I swear it helped.
I too found a friends quote in the book and that made it extra exciting!
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The Days of Punitive Dieting and Deprivation are Over!

Friday, January 08, 2010

That phrase, "The Days of Punitive Dieting and Deprivation are Over", just keeps going through my head. I'll have to look it up in The Spark and see if I got it word for word, but I know I got the gist.

It's not positive enough to be my affirmation or mantra, but for today it feels like a celebration! Truly I am done with focusing on the negatives of food and what I can't have, but will focus on all the positive characteristics of the healthy foods I choose, along with a few moderate indulgences from time to time.

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    Well said. It's amazing how truly delicious healthy foods are once we break the habit of reaching for the refined/processed foods that are quick to prepare. What we discover is that with healthy foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetable, you can eat and satisfy your hunger, rather than count calories! Thank you!

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PEGGYANNSCH 1/9/2010 8:46AM

    old habits are hard to change

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AQUAGIRL08 1/9/2010 8:26AM

    You have such a great attitude! If we all lost our negative connotations for food, we'd be a lot more healthy!

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FRAN0426 1/9/2010 1:44AM

    We should all toss out the negative ideas of food out of our minds and concentrate on the positives. Ah, sadly old habits are difficult to change as quickly as we would like. Thankfully we that have this wonderful site get a lot of terrific help to cope with such ideas.

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WALKINGANNIE 1/8/2010 12:47PM

    Well said! Now that I've seen this written in your blog, it's made me realise that I haven't felt deprived recently - even over Christmas - and have felt more able to incorporate some treats without going off the rails. For me I think it's about fitting indulges into the calorie range rather than adding them to it. I think I'm still a bit nervous about slipping back into bad habits of thinking that, 'a little of this won't matter' and then getting carried away. Your increasing confidence is making me feel more sure-footed though. Thanks as ever.

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The Spark has Arrived!

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Yesterday it finally came. I finally received The Spark by Chris Downie. I've just read over intro, chapt 1 & 2 of so far. First impressions: easy read, interesting, motivating, and it makes so much sense.

I liked SparkGuy's explanation of how he used a collage and visuals to keep motivation high. I was surprised that 10 minutes workouts were helpful to him when his life focused on work. I thought that 10 minute videos on SparkPeople were due to technical limitations, but maybe not. I understand the thrill of helping someone else and how Pat inspired him to help all of us. Thanks, Pat. Thanks, SparkGuy.

What he had to say about giving yourself permission to fail is profound. And his declaration that days of punitive dieting and deprivation are over should be celebrated!! Thanks, again and again, SparkGuy!


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