Wednesday, November 19, 2014
I am SO blessed to be alive & living in a world with my Spiritual support , DH , my family & friends & my Sparling friends ! I am still Sparking to help support other "Sparkers"! I have found my healing answers here & want to share it with you, if I can!
Our loving Angel
Santa 5K walk, 2013 I will be there THIS year, too! (my 4th one, walking a marionette, too!)
My Angel costume, Halloween 2014
Zumba January 2014
"Wild Thing" my Woo Hoo for the team "The Woo Hoo lounge"
I love photography, too! I call this "Angels over the village"
Friday, November 14, 2014
I want a Cookie- Bargaining- Holidays and the Food Demon by Beth Donovan
The Holidays have foods galore sparking around like ornaments on trees glowing to get our attention. What's worse is these are EMOTIONAL FOODS! They bring back memories of childhood or better times, nostalgia.
So we see, we want. Ask yourself a few questions about EMOTIONAL FOODS:
1) Ask yourself WHAT you are wanting to FEEL. Warm, safe and comforted is usually my answer. During the holidays, nostalgic comes to mind. So how can I come by those same feelings without food? Warm luxury soft blankets, funny favorite movies, scented candles, old photos...
2) IF doing something makes you sad or really uncomfortable, don't do it. Looking through old photos brings back good memories to me, but then I get sad missing people and want to kill the pain with food. It used to be that when I was younger, people would bring up how I needed to lose weight at family dinners. Now, I would shut them down by saying "If you really cared, you would bring this up in private and not at a family dinner." If that didn't work, I would start a new tradition and avoid the negative nellies all together. There is no reason to put yourself in painful situations that make you want to overeat or binge later. Love yourself and protect yourself like you would your child.
3) I want a cookie... Well, if I have one, and I going to eat the whole box? PROBABLY! So here is the trick! Do not under any circumstances allow the whole box into your house if they are cookies you like or unhealthy cookies. Get a single cookie or two from a bakery. Leave the bakery and enjoy. Same with ice cream- don't buy it at the store unless it's single serve. Get it out, where you can only have a little.
4) Don't bargain with yourself. It just ends up badly. Have a plan in mind. Make plans ahead of time when you find pitfalls. For example, I found that I get into the box of cookies if they are in the house. I can't bargain myself down to two cookies. SO I wound up making a RULE that I have to get cookies at the bakery and no more than two. NO bargaining.
The food demon is very tricky and seducing. He lies and tells you you are in control. Then he loads high fructose corn syrup and additives into the foods to make us crave like insane people. Don't be fooled. The more natural a product is, the less processed... the better your body will respond and not crave.
Monday, November 10, 2014
DO THE CHALLENGES & SPARK STREAKS HELP ME? (Little Black Dress , team, daily question)
The hard thing for me , I am finding, is when I break a streak or challenge, for what ever reason, I want to give up on all of them! The first one didn't happen till my computer quit & I lost my sparking points check in daily, streak, around day 600 or so. I KNEW I did it, but the trackers do not show it. (my smart phone didn't register the log in) I've been streaking since I started EVERYDAY since March 16, 2012! I made a commitment to Spark DAILY, until I give up on keeping my goal of healthy living! No matter what the scale says, what the tape measure says, just keeping my trackers going, ALWAYS! ! I found Spark People as an answer to a prayer, 10 minutes after I asked for a solution to my being at an unhealthy weight!
Also, my DH & I made a promise to each other, to get as healthy as we can, together. (He is getting help through the VA, not a sparker, but just yesterday, he said he is changing himself, because of MY example !) We have known each other since we were in high school. I've been 110# heavier with him, he has been 100# heavier, with me. But the funny thing is, if 1 of us is WAY over weight, the other is not. SO our commitment is to balance our world, together, healthy! Good thing, too! Because of his 5 months in the hospital, this year, he would have passed over if he hadn't started getting healthy BEFORE the phenomena set in!
THX to all the SP team mates March 11-17-2012 Who replied to my email! Out of 11,000 members there are only about 100 still Sparking! I'm shocked! Where RU, all?
I KNOW teams take time, Sparking takes time, BUT I still feel I am SO worth it! ! Yesterday I spent about 2 hours going through ALL my team mates to see IF they were still active on the team. The BIG awareness was, they are not even on Spark People, any more. Their names are UN-highlighted. I wish there was a way to help some of these people, truly achieve their goals through Spark People, as they have asked for the help. That's about 1%, right?
Chris Downing says that only about 11% (At Goal & Transitioning to Maintainer, team, WONDERFUL!) of all people who release the weight are able to maintain it. AND that's just people who lose the weight.... what if 89% of all the people who join Spark People, never even started? I am/want to be in that 11%, and am so happy to be still Sparking & reaching for goals! I truly thought there were MILLIONS of Sparkers, still Sparking, everyday. I wonder how many, out of all the people who sign up, are sticking with it, still active? I do not know where to find this statistic, do you?
Thank YOU for still Sparking, still reaching your goals AND for YOUR amazing support! I can NOT do this without you! YOU are the MOST supportive people on earth! & I am so blessed to be in YOUR/our community! If you are reading this & want to 'friend' me, PLEASE do & I will add you, too! We are here to help each other! What can I do for YOU?
Friday, November 07, 2014
I get ANOTHER gold !Down 1.8# since Oct 24 It was scary to get up above almost 9# above my new high goal weight! Too much & more than my 3# limit above goal. I am trying to figure out when I became 'unconscious' to eating VERY well, again. (I find that when I break a streak, I just give up on so many levels) I am living a life style & do NOT want to be a yoyo dieter.... I want to be in the 11% of people who release weight & maintain, as Chris Downing talks about. My clothes were getting to tight to wear. Today, I'm feeling so much better about these numbers! I'm actually using my hip measurement more than the scale! I went up 2.2 ". That may not seem like allot to you, but it makes a HUGE difference in my jeans, WOW! I can still wear them, but sitting is a problem. I wore them for a little while, sitting just to help my brain REALIZE not to gain any more. I was on a fast tract to adding even more. Why is it SO easy to gain & harder to release? As MOSTMOM says, in her VERY candid video blog, "I wish it was just easier to lose weight!" I am keeping my calories at the very lowest end. & SO many more veggies. I fill up with them, first. Broccoli with a tangerine squeezed on top is my favorite! 2 cups, then salad , protein & whole carbs . I KNOW how to release weight & I am "just doing it", NOW! Maintaing is hard for me, I'm sure for you, too! But SP has once again saved my health, as I reward & celebrate ME!
Also, I am learning to love myself . I've always 'liked' me, but I am loving myself to total health. Loving me, as I would a small child, with compassion & joy & understanding! My DH has been doing GREAT now that he is almost healed, after 11 months of near death. So I am getting back to taking MUCH better care of me, now. While he was in the hospital, I took perfect care of me. When he came home, 5 months later, I started gaining, in celebration of his returning to my arms. I tend to over eat for CELEBRATION, more than other reasons. Thanks to SPARK P. I can SEE my charts.
I have learned with SP, to exercise. IF I call what I do, exercise, I generally will fight doing it. But I have found MANY ways of joyful movement that makes my body, happy. ZUMBA , FLASH MOB , WALKING , HIKING , SHEPPARD PILATES DVD , PARKING A LONG WAY FROM STORES, SHOPPING , TRAINNING FOR THE SANTA 5K , that kind of thing. I just love to move, I CRAVE to move!
I know I have said most of this, before, but I felt the need to resay it for ME! For the love of me! Thanks for reading!
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