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How I Sparked Yesterday

Monday, June 29, 2009

I'm not a person who usually wears t-shirts with logos or messages. However, due to what a great tool Sparkpeople has been, I felt like giving back by buying a shirt. I wore it on a 5-mile lake walk yesterday and never realized how many people actually read t-shirt messages. It was great to spread the spark and maybe impact someone who will go home and look up the website to change their life. When I lose 5 more lbs. (out of the remaining 20), I plan to get another color shirt. Have a good day, friends.

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MRSWIGGLY6 6/30/2009 10:29PM

    WTG Jesse, enjoy your shirt. I can't wait to be able to get those pretty cute capris they have up. I will get there one day.


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MSTELZER 6/29/2009 1:58AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonWonderful!!!!!


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    Good for you Jesse. I have a spark shirt too but have only worn it twice.
Have a great week and a Happy Fourth of July.

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ARTHURTOM 6/29/2009 12:35AM

    Spread the Spark Jessie! emoticon

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How Our Thoughts Can Be a Huge Energy Drain

Sunday, June 28, 2009

The other day, I blogged about what Jillian said in last Sunday's radio show about ways to boost your energy by boosting your mental processes and I listed those. But I forgot the most important part, and found this to be very true for myself. That our thoughts and emotions - worry, sadness, thinking about scenarios that are problematic, etc - totally zap our energy and make us tired. This is energy we could be using for our healthier lifestyle. I am making a huge effort to change my thinking. That's another lifetime pattern, like eating, that will take lots of practice.

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SKYEFYR 6/29/2009 4:00PM

  I've found out that a situation I'm not looking forward to will be presenting itself shortly and I'm really trying to stay positive and not waste all my time and energy on the negative possibilities. It's just so hard sometimes! And I get frustrated because I know what you're saying is true and I'm only defeating myself. I'm not hurting the person causing my stress, so why am I letting it control me?

Any good ideas to really push thoughts of impending doom away?

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MSTELZER 6/28/2009 2:09AM

    It certainly does and is one of those life lessons that we are constinately re-learning! Knowledge is power though - good for you!


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Sometimes I Crack Myself Up (Or How I Explained Nutrition in the Grocery Store Today)

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Please understand that prior to 8 months ago, I didn't read or care about nutrition labels. That's what makes the following situation all the more funny to me...

I went grocery shopping this morning, and another shopper and I struck up a conversation while waiting to get a price check. Well, I pointed out the high percentage in the hamburger after she asked me about another package of Angus ground beef. The package she held up was 14 percent fat, as opposed to the other package that was a whopping 43 percent fat!!! By now, we had a small circle of interested people around us and another woman pulled me aside and thanked me for pointing that out. And said that she's now a better shopper because of that.

Well, you know, maybe I wasn't the only person who didn't pay attention to labels. And now that I do, whenever I can answer someone's question, I'm always amazed that I know the answer! (smiling) However, there is soooo much more to learn and I am a slow student when it comes to changing lifelong eating patterns. But I am determine to put one foot in front of the other and keep on keeping on.

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SKYEFYR 6/29/2009 3:57PM

  Congratulations on inspiring someone else!

I love striking up conversations with people who are obviously reading labels and getting their thoughts / take on things. Isn't it cool being part of the "healthy eaters" club???

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CORINA-MOMOF4 6/27/2009 3:32PM

    WTG!! Reminds me of when DD age 13 and I went to Price chopper earlier today. I (or should I say, WE) were comparing to different brands of Wheat bread... when a couple walked by us and kind of gave us a funny look... we just continued "This has 100 calories vs 110... and this has 3 fiber vs 1 fiber... " ect...

Marilyn, I SOOOO want a SP shirt!!! I've been eyeing one since I reached my ulitmate goal last November.

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MRSWIGGLY6 6/27/2009 3:14PM

    I can just see the picture now as you described. That is an awesome story to share. You might not realize it but your spreading the spark. You will find more of these situtations creep into your lifestyle.

Must of been something in the air today with the grocery scence as someone approached me in the grocery about my t-shirt I was wearing. The shirt I was wearing was my shirt. She wanted to know all about sparkpeople. So you gotta know me by now I told her all about it. tee hee!


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MSTELZER 6/27/2009 2:33PM

    I love it!!!! Thanks so much for sharing this with us! Just goes to show how easily we can help others without really thinking about it at the time! You just helped some shoppers be more aware - that's wonderful!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonNicely done!!!!!!! I think this is so wonderful!!!!!


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Jillian Advises How We Can Increase Our Energy With Our Mind

Friday, June 26, 2009

On her last Sunday radio show, Jillian discussed how we can boost our energy using some tips to change the way we think. I'll try to remember this as accurately as possible from my notes. First, she said to visualize. Not only positve results, but ourselves exercising. Says the mind responds as though we are actually doing the activity. Also, think premium thoughts, and that produces premium actions. If you think in a positive mode, you are bound to act in a positive direction. She advises to focus on solutions, not problems. And to use "tools" like music, books, etc. to boost our moods and ways of enhancing the quality of our thoughts. Finally, she really feels that meditation is important, concentrating on just being. Concentrate on your breath. All of this good advice, and I wish that I'd remember it all. Maybe little by little as time goes on?

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CAROL_ 6/26/2009 2:43PM

    Sounds great to me! Visualization is proven to work. I have visualization of myself at goal weight, on my "Tracking Other Goals". Never thought about visualizing myself exercising WHICH IS PROBABLY WHY I'VE HAD SUCH A HARD TIME GETTING STARTED IN EXERCISING.

Developing this daily habit is another Lifestyle Change.

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S_HANSEN 6/26/2009 7:01AM

    Yes, I believe she knows what she is talking about... while we exercise we also need to pay attention to what we are doing so that we get the results we are looking for. So many times I see people reading a book with doing the elliptical and not even thinking about what they are doing. that is not a good way to start out your exercise sessiion. We need to be intune with our bodies. When we are weight lifting we also need to put our mind where our muscle is. Thank you for sharing with us. Where do you live and what radio station is she on. I have never heard her on the radio. emoticonSondra

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MSTELZER 6/26/2009 3:19AM

    So true! Thanks for sharing this with us! I didn't hear this so I am glad you posted this!


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My Scale Has Betrayed Me (How Can I Ever Trust it Again?)(p.s. You were right SPfriends - batteries!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

This past February, I got a great scale for my b'day. It's one of those that calculates BMI and whatever else. My other scale was good, but started to be "off" so I bonded with this new one. I've noticed some variation lately, but this morning was the last straw. Out of 10 consecutive times, I got six different readings! I thought I'd take the lowest which showed I've lost five lbs. (smiling) Major bummer on inaccuracy, so I dug out my old scale. YIKES! That one shows a 2 lb gain. So, I'm up a creek as to what to do about this new one. Maybe I'll just weigh multiple times and take the weight that comes up the most frequently? (Funny that I'd not even weighed myself from 1980 until Oct. 08 when I started this lifestyle change. For one thing, I never had to worry about weight. And for another, in the past couple of years when I started to gain, I was deluded and didn't bother with scales. When I finally got on it, I nearly croaked from shock. Now I can't believe that it matters so much.)

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CAROL_ 6/25/2009 5:49PM

    I betcha it's the battery.

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S_HANSEN 6/25/2009 4:16PM

    We do have odd relationships with our scales, don't we? Have you tried to change the batteries in the new one? That might help. Next time you go to the doctor get a reading on theirs and then see how far off yours is. Or you can use measurements instead to see how you are fairing. Hang in there, there has been many a time I have been tempted to throw mine out the window with the bath water!!!! emoticon emoticonSondra

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SKYEFYR 6/25/2009 12:30PM

  Could it be something as simple as your new scale needs a new battery? I can sometimes get multiple readings, but usually within a pound or so of each other. (Mainly because when it goes down I never really believe it's true and always double check.)

Give it another chance, and see about the battery thing. No reason to desert it just yet!

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SLCB1023 6/25/2009 11:50AM

    Instead of relying on your scale, how are your clothes fitting??? How do you feel today??? Do you take your body measurements?? Those are the true indicators of success. emoticon I certainly would love to pitch my scale too some days but realize it is just a scale and should not have control over my day's attitude. emoticon

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