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Thursday, November 10, 2011

I do not go to Gyms or do any organised exercise but I do my own work out plan at home always to music. It does help to move to diffent types of music.
One day this week I had Tom Jones sing to me in the bedroom, Then I wanted variety so I got James Last to join me. It was a bit of a squeeze to fit him and his orchestra in my small bedroom, but we managed. I did bends and stretches to his 1960s/70s music.
Another day it my be Johnny Cash or Art Garfuncle. It is almost always male voices. Though a firm favourite is the cast of West SideStory males and females, that is a tight fit but I can do a good dance to "I want to be in America"!
It is maybe as well no one can see me with my musical and fitness friends. I am grateful for their company and their talents! emoticon

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HANNAHV 1/16/2012 9:05AM

    Love it!!!!! yes, yes, yes, let the music motivate and move that body emoticon

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ANIHAKA 11/15/2011 12:48PM

    I know what you mean Ree, I love all that music and lose myself in it when I have the chance. Do you use Spotify?


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ZBMORGAN 11/11/2011 9:02AM

    What fun! Whatever gets you going, even if you have to imagine yourself at the club with Ricky Ricardo conducting!

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SARALEIGHM 11/11/2011 7:43AM

    I know what you mean! I use fitness DVDs, and it sure can get crowded with all those people marching and jumping around in my living room with me.

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DSJB9999 11/10/2011 2:49PM

    Sounds fantastic Irene and lots of fun as well as fitness!

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I Am A Good Starter

Friday, October 21, 2011

Maybe its enthusiam, as I love to start a new book, or a new project on. The temporary enthusiasm somtimes fades, so around my home there are several books with book marks in. I have quite a few UFOs which in sewing terms are unfinshed objects. I start a task then leave it half done while I move onto something else.
I start many diets too always convinced this one will do it. It doesn't of course so I start a new one.
All is not lost, knowing my own weakness is a good start. I just need to follow a positve start through now and actually finish a book, a sewing UFO, a keep fit routine a sensible eating diet
Thats my October resolution. Why wait till January to start something on? emoticon

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4DOGNIGHT 2/8/2012 9:38AM

    I've got oodles of UFO's in my sewing room! And other places as well. Sometimes I read a book until it is done, other times it takes weeks or even months to finish. Read on!

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HANNAHV 10/24/2011 6:44AM

    Brilliant blog Ree, love it and will be sharing it!

LOL, wink, now I know what to call those "projects", plenty UFO's to be found in my house too. I won't go as far as to call it a weakness, multi tasking sounds way better and why finish something boring if there might be something exiting waiting around the corner, lol.

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MIMAWELIZABETH 10/23/2011 12:54AM

    "Why wait for January?"
Excellent advice!!! emoticon

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LADYIRISH317 10/22/2011 2:16PM

    Insightful and beautifully written!

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GABY1948 10/22/2011 7:53AM

    I LOVED this blog, Nan! I see so much of myself in this blog. We can all do this! And I also love the term UFO's and shall adopt it into my vocabulary! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WHISPERINGPINE4 10/22/2011 7:49AM

    I love the term UFO's. Sometimes we just need a break to re-evaluate the situations....what ever they might be. It also gives us a chance to start over again. All the best in reaching your new goal for October. January is not a magical month....every month is magical. emoticon

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FROGLADYPK 10/21/2011 12:55PM

    That sounds so very familiar. I have a closet full of projects started with good intentions and then something happens or I see something that looks more exciting after all, and I set out on new trails. Fortunately my weight is staying down but it could be because I'm tackling some serious housework since my computer is off most of the time now!!! Great blog and keep working on your goals........a bit at a time is better than none at all!

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MPICKHINKE 10/21/2011 9:13AM

    I know how easy it is to start something then lay it down. But this time I am so determined to follow through that is why we have so many nice friends with Sparks People. That alone will help all of us to reach our goals. Hang in there and stick with the Sparks People and they will help you. I am making losing weight my # 1 job right now. I am trying very hard to make it a happy journey for everyone. Love my friends at Sparks People they are helping me and are behind me all the way. Have a great day. emoticon

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OHBEEBLESSED 10/21/2011 8:55AM

    LOL good perspective! I too have some UFO.. and I am a great sarter. Be encouraged, the spark recomends having an accountability partner. Someone who know what you are up to, and will encourage you and set you straight sometimes! That and havine realistic goals,and a frequent reward system, helps me stay on track!

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Do You Read BLOGS?

Thursday, October 06, 2011

If you opened my blog I know you do!
What made you open it? The tItle? or do you always read blogs?
I am doing a blog about blogs as some people tell me they dont read them.
Saying anything that is to be said should go in team mail. I do see their point of view.
But I am in several teams with different age groups and points of view.
Team mail is just for team members .Blogs are to eveyone to read or ignore as they wish. I have had comments and advice too from Sparkers who are not in any of the teams I am in I have made good friends too via blogging.
I think there is room for both team mail and blogs? Which do you prefer?

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JILL-CINCY 10/25/2011 1:22PM

    I really like the blogs. When I find someone who's done some really interesting things, or has a really interesting approach, I like to read back in time, and see how that person changed, grew, developed, or regrouped and tried something different.

I am constantly trying new variations on the old ways of eating, acting, doing, completing... so I like to know what other people are doing.

And, I might start blogging myself one of these days, seriously !!!

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RAINBOWCHOC 10/18/2011 3:25AM

    blogging does it for me! I read the blogs from friends as I see them in the friend feed but sometimes they get missed if I'm busy and only do the minimum logging in.
I'm sure some people "subscribe" to certain blogs from people they admire in one way or another just to keep in touch.
I agree with Frogladypk, keep blogging!

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ANIHAKA 10/11/2011 3:44AM

    Yes I enjoy reading other people's blogs there's always something to learn from them.

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8HABIT 10/8/2011 12:56PM

    I have to agree. I think there is room for both.

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EFFIEANNIE 10/8/2011 7:05AM

    Good place for both. Blogs can be mini travel logs. I like photo blogs of places other than my back yard. Interesting to see other parts of the country or even world through others' blogs.

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WOOLRIPPER 10/7/2011 9:06AM

    Just checking the chat and see you said you wrote a Blog about Blogs. It is just great. I do read blogs. I have several that I enjoy. Sparkers who write just for the points I find very annoying and they get deleted very quickly.

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WHISPERINGPINE4 10/7/2011 7:50AM

    Blogging about blogging...interesting. I read mail that is sent to me and I manage to read a few blogs a day. I'm really busy trying to do all the Forums and threads on those forums in order to keep the teams I lead active (6 teams to be exact). I try to do my own personal blogging each day as well. Usually motivation, inspirational or informational. Stop by and read them when time allows. Have a great day my friend.

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JUNEBUG150 10/6/2011 11:49PM

    I definitely read blogs and especially if the title catches my eye as this one did! emoticon Also, I blog not as often as I should and not just to get the points as one of the others said. I generally do it to encourage others and sometimes to get the encouragement I need if I'm having a down day. I have made lots of new friends from the blogs who aren't on any of my teams. Sooo, keep on blogging, new friend! emoticon emoticon

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JAMER123 10/6/2011 11:36PM

    I think there is a place for both. I read blogs when I can and work with team topics as I can as well. Time is a short commodity and I spend too much time on the computer with my team and reading articles as well as blogs that catch my eye and topics that are thought provoking. That is a lot of reading and one "should" fit a little fitness & nutrition in somewhere. Then there is a life off the computer as well.

Thank you for a topic that created a good discussion and actually caught my eye.

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TXGRANDMOM 10/6/2011 9:44PM

    I read and write blogs. I think its a wonderful expression of the mind. The internet and specifically SparkPeople has given us a way to express, share and connect. All avenues can be positive, up-lifting, or generally negative depending on your point of view or the readers.

I wish for you a peaceful and lovely day! emoticon

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MARISERV 10/6/2011 5:28PM

    I read and write blogs. There is a wealth of information in them that you won't find in team mail. Spark is about sharing and support in a community and to me that means "everyone" I also enjoy team topics where I get to know my teams members. If I am short on time I will choose a blog by title. I don't read really long blogs.

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FROGLADYPK 10/6/2011 2:53PM

    As I said on the team, I do read blogs occasionally. Some are because they are from my team members and some have very interesting titles.
Since I am a read-a-holic, I would probably go looking for more but I try to limit my time on the computer because I love it so much that it interferes with exercise, walking, housework, family time, shopping and day to day ourdoor chores, at times.

Since I am co-leader of 50's 60's 70's and Older team, I spend more time trying to welcome new members, checking on team goals, doing a recap for those that cannot spend time reading all responses to the daily chat, checking my daily fitness, nutrician, and other spark pages, reading posts from the Official leadership boards etc.

To me, blogging is a way to communicate food for thought, and I have read some very interesting ones from new members struggling to find a balance to fitness and nutrician control and health, in order to meet their goals. I love to read the ones from those who have met their goals, and encourage diligence and regularity in others efforts to meet their goals. Each one is equally important because most people who blog are pondering on thoughts that mean something to them, and they are hoping that it makes an impact on someone elses lives. KEEP BLOGGING!

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GREYGRANNIE 10/6/2011 2:31PM

    I read blogs from people that I know or ones that the title intrigues me. Mostly I don't read them - I spend most of my time on the team topic pages. I think there is room for both - some people only read the blogs and never get to the team topics.

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JUDLEPIP 10/6/2011 12:58PM

    I read blogs sometimes. I read yours 'cos you said on the team thread that you'd written one! Some are very interesting/funny/informative. I just don't always have the time to read them.

Keep on blogging!

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 10/6/2011 11:33AM

    I read several blogs every day... I like knowing what is happening with my friends. To me, team mail is completely different from blogs. I guess everyone has their own point of view.

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 10/6/2011 10:38AM

    Yes, I read blogs, when I have the time. I have Spark friends who I'm not on any team with, so my only contact is reading their blogs. It's a good way to really get to know someone. I get about 5 blogs a day. There are some members who just blog to get the points. Sometimes all their blog says is," I have nothing to say today." OR they just copy and paste a quote to get the points. They usually get deleted from my blog list PDQ.

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1NANA4EVER 10/6/2011 9:47AM

    I go through periods where I specifically spend time reading blogs. At other times I don't bother. I like to read the blogs of my SPARK friends to help get to know each better. I like blogs that are only a few paragraphs long and pictures are always fun. I only write blogs when I have a specific inspiration or revelation and decide to share.

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ERIECANALGAL 10/6/2011 9:33AM

    Hi Ree,
I read and write blogs. I may be attracted by the title, hence yours, or if I know the person. I have a blog on WordPress so I haven't been blogging here too much lately. I love to hear what others are thinking or doing or just to see their pictures, it they post them. I am a writer (books) so I guess that is the best way I have to express myself. And I just about always leave a comment if I read a blog.

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NANA-TOO 10/6/2011 9:19AM

  Irene -

For the most part, I Do Not read blogs. Every once in awhile, as with this one the title will provoke me to read it or respond to one.

Why don't I read blogs? I lead an active team, and I promote on this team sharing, caring and getting to know one another. In other words a closeness among the team members and us working as a unit to help one another. I think things like blogs take away from this. If I want to just journal, I can do this in many different ways. I've been on teams where people post, but no one seems to know or care about anyone else on the team except themselves. For those people they could blog and get the same result. Many on the team you and I belong to, do as you do - you are active within the team and very much a part of it, but you enjoy blogging too. If you've got the time for all of that, then that works. But we have many who have joined this team that do nothing but blog. They have never made themselves a part of this team. I guess if I wanted to interact with the entire Spark People membership that blogging would be good, since as you can see I usually have lots to say on a subject, but my primary interest in Spark People is my team and how I can help them on this weight loss journey.


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TERRIPAL1 10/6/2011 8:28AM

    I like blogs , and yeah I opened yours cause of the title
and because I saw a friend read it too!
It's funny you asked the question do you read blogs,because awhile ago I wrote a blog called searching for the loneliest blog !
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AZMOMXTWO 10/6/2011 7:23AM

  I read blogs some times I comment most times I don't

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IVIRAE78 10/6/2011 7:12AM

    I'm a blogger, love blogs, writing them and reading them!!

Also... I read based on title or if its a SparkFriend already that posted!

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GARDENCHRIS 10/6/2011 7:07AM

    I do both.. I like short ones to earn my points. Sometimes I've become friends with my fellow sparkers through their blogs.

I also then go and look at their spark page to see if I have anything in common with them. By your name it looks like you sew.... I do also at times! Have a great day! t emoticon

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Accept or Change?

Sunday, October 02, 2011

The title of this blog is my choice now. I have lost about 40 lbs VERY slowly. Now I have a few more pounds to go which are proving to be reluctant to leave me.
So can I accept myself as I am ?
I do eat very healthily, low fat, I seldom go over my calorie allowance. I do what exercise I can. I know this way of life is permanent for me .
I have not ate processed food, sweet stuff and so on for years. There's no one big change I can make to get things moving again.
So I ask again, Can I accept myself as i am? Or do I look at everything I do and see if there are any tiny changes I can do. It has to be my decision but any advice welcome.
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HANNAHV 10/6/2011 3:47AM

    Keep doing the right thing and the rest of the weight will go! emoticon emoticonon 40pounds gone forever!

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CANDOK1260 10/4/2011 10:05PM

    I believe we are always changing either for the good or bad nothing stay the same. But that don;t mean you can;t accept where you are at.

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MPICKHINKE 10/3/2011 9:45AM

    I think sometimes we are at a standstill with no fault of our own. If we keep doing our best eventually it will be the goal we are looking for. Good luck on your lifestyle journey. We are all in this together. Thanks for the blog. emoticon

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CAKAROO 10/2/2011 8:39AM

    Keep eating healthy and exercising! Congrats on the 40 lbs lost!

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    Hi there, my advice is fine tune what you know works by writing down what you actually do rather than what you think you are doing. There is a difference - I have never met anyone who couldn't lose 2 lbs and you have already did this on many occasions to lose 40lb.

You can reach whatever goals you set in regards to weight loss and exercise because they are processes and not events. The main point is that "you" are OK and that carrying excess fat is due to miscalculating food / drink allowances - it is not a disease. There is nothing wrong with us - we are designed to eat - like tastes etc.

The choice is do you listen to a voice in our heads that is motivating or toxic? Choose miss or mr motivator and reach your goals...

Have a beautiful weekend - and hope this helped - Mark

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Color Matters

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Being English I wouldn't usually spell Colour like that title. But it is the name of a web site on how colour can help in a diet!
I had read that eating off a blue plate makes us eat less! Intrigued by that idea I investigated more about colours that may help us loss weight
Blue isn't often seen in nature or natural foods (Yes I know blue berries!) But for generations blue in food was seen as a warning sign.
Look in a supermarket, there are very few cans and packets with blue as the main colour Without realizing it customers just don't buy food in blue packaging.
A blue plate is an easy item to try. One is on my shopping list now. emoticon

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ANIHAKA 10/11/2011 3:46AM

    Thanks for that I will be on the look out for a blue plate. See what I mean about reading other people's blogs. I read your latest blog before this one. emoticon

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MPICKHINKE 10/3/2011 9:41AM

    I think a colorful plate would add to the meal. Good idea. emoticon

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DOOBRIE 9/29/2011 2:20AM

    If it works for you, I'm going out and buying myself one! Let us know how you get on.

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CANDOK1260 9/27/2011 6:39AM

    instreating I might buy a blue plate and see if it work. Thanks for the info

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HANNAHV 9/26/2011 4:53AM

    I'm off to buy a blue dinner plate! interesting!

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MARCHEM 9/25/2011 11:45AM

    Interesting idea!

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BUSYBEE43 9/25/2011 9:12AM

    I'm going to buy one too. I'll try anything if it might help. Thanks for the tip!

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