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New Year's Resolutions???

Thursday, January 05, 2012

I was wondering if anyone makes new year's resolutions? Last year my resolution was to get to my goal weight for my birthday..I got pretty close and I was happy...I gained back some of the weight so now I am back again making the same resolution...I hate this gain/lose cycle and I wish I knew how to break it but at least I am trying to lose it and I hope that I am not making the same resolution next year...

Do you see the start of 2012 as an opportunity to improve your life? Have you made any changes or resolutions? Do you want to? If not, why not?

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PHOTOGIRLNYC 2/22/2012 3:19AM

    I'm always excited for the new year to begin, but I'm not one for resolutions. Instead I pick a word or a affirmation and make that the focus of my year.

How's your 2012 so far?

p.s. I too have been on the gain/lose see-saw. I finally got a nutritionist and the problem is---I keep thinking of "eating healthy" as a "diet" that will eventually end. I need to change my thinking. This is the way I will eat for the rest of my life. Even AFTER I've reached my weight goal.

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MZSLYDE01 1/16/2012 9:48AM

    Hello - I haven't been on in awhile but am back now as well. I guess I didn't really make a resolution out loud to anyone but I really believe I was thinking in the back of my mind - "Hey it's a new year and you could have a new start" guess that got my back to wanting to be on track with my health and weight again.
It's good to be back and see my spark friends again.
Hope you are having a good new year so far.

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GEMINISUE 1/5/2012 8:12AM

    Hi Cindy

I don't make resolutions for the New Years, sometime in 2011, I decided I was going to reach 200 lbs in 2012, then later in the year, I thought when I was 18 I was 180, I felt good/great, was happiest in my life and I am going to hit that weight by my birthday, on May 28th, 180 lbs, and then decide, if I'm going lower. (At the age of 11 I was 154 and the biggest child in the elementary school. We'll see. Right now will be totally happy with 180.

I signed up for the January Jump Start. It last 28 days, that should make it a habit, did you join yet?


gether we can do this!
Onward & Downward

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A New Year and a New Me!!!

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

So after a bit of a hiatus I am back...I have gained back some of the weight I had originally but I am starting back on my diet... I hope to lose 20 lbs and get back to the weight I was before.

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NAIMATANNER 1/6/2012 11:11AM

    Good luck! I'd like to lose 20 pounds too : ) Let's make this the year that we lose it and finally keep it off!

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GEMINISUE 1/4/2012 10:08AM

    Welcome back Cindy. I have missed you, and thought of you often. So I will encourage you to put one step in front of the other and you will reach your goal!

Onward & Downward
One Meal at a Time
One Exercise Session at a Time
Smile! Enjoy life Fully!
Each Day has 24 hours
We Can Do This!

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VTCRICKET84 1/4/2012 8:23AM

    oh man, boy do i understand...i'm there with ya! we can do this!

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DOOBIE893 1/4/2012 8:18AM

    I can relate to being on a hiatus and gaining some weight back BUT IT IS A NEW DAY. I wish you well on your SPARKjourney.

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Sorry I have been MIA!!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

To all my spark friends who have been concerned about me...I am ok just busy...We just bought a home so I have been busy with that long process...I am doing well...keeping most of the weight I lost with HCG...I am up a couple pounds but I am so happy with the results...I will come back once I am settled

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GEMINISUE 7/12/2011 9:12AM

    So happy for you Cindy! Hugs Linda

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This blog is a tribute to....

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

MARILYN MONROE!!!! I think everyone had a misconception of her...I read a quote and I thought wow that was so profound and then I found out she said it...she was more than a gorgeous blonde bombshell...Well I thought I would post some of my favorite quotes for everyone to read. I think we all can relate to some of them...

"I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best."

"I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together."

"Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring."

"I am good, but not an angel. I do sin, but I am not the devil. I am just a small girl in a big world trying to find someone to love."

"If you're gonna be two-faced at least make one of them pretty."

"When it comes down to it, I let them think what they want. If they care enough to bother with what I do, then I'm already better than them."

"The real lover is the man who can thrill you by kissing your forehead or smiling into your eyes or just staring into space."

"We should all start to live before we get too old. Fear is stupid. So are regrets."

"Ever notice how 'What the hell' is always the right answer?"

"I don't mind living in a man's world, as long as I can be a woman in it."

"We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle."

"Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition."

"I want to grow old without facelifts. I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face I have made."

"Its better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what your not"

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AFRESHSTART2 2/15/2011 1:13PM

    emoticon blog! This just goes to show us thats its always good to hear all sides of a story before you pass judgement. As my grandmother would say - there is always three sides to a story ... your side, my side and the right side lol.

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AOGOAE 2/15/2011 10:59AM

    Certainly more than a pretty face and a sad story- a true style icon and fascinating person.

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MZSLYDE01 2/15/2011 8:52AM

    Wow I never knew..... Marilyn, Marilyn, Marilyn.....
She really was deeper than they potrayed her to be. I always thought she was beautiful too.

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GEMINISUE 2/15/2011 8:11AM

    I've always been fond of Marilyn Monroe, and everything she offered the world, in her time and even today!


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STEPPYSUE 2/15/2011 7:59AM

    Excellent quotes, I agreee!

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Happy Valentine's Day!!!!!!!!!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Since its Valentines Day weekend I wanted to wish everyone a great valentine's day...even if you dont have someone special in your life celebrate this weekend because you love yourself. hubby and I really dont celebrate it like a lot of couples since we dont think one day should be dedicated to love since we love eachother everyday so we dont exchange gifts...we usually go out to dinner and maybe see a movie...v-day is sooo commercialzied that I dont want to have to buy a card or candy to tell my hubby he loves this weekend will be love filled because on Saturday we are going to dinner/movie and sunday I am making brunch as a surprise for the both of us. I wish everyone a great Valentine's Day Weekend!!!!

I thought I would post about the history & traditions of valentines day:

Valentine's Day is a festival that cherishes love and romance. The festival falls on February 14 every year and is celebrated in several countries across the world including US, UK, Canada, Japan, France, China and India. Though the festival commemorates the martyrdom of a Christian saint called St Valentine, the festival as it is celebrated today has little religious significance. In present times, Valentine's Day has assumed a secular and global flavor and is celebrated by people of all ages and races.

Another noticeable factor in Valentine's Day celebration of present times is that the festival celebrates love in all its forms and is not just restricted to romantic love. People therefore exchange Valentine's Day greetings with their parents, teachers, siblings, friends, sweethearts or anyone special or close to them. The commonest way of expressing love on Valentine's Day is through exchanging cards, flowers and chocolates.

Valentine's Day History and Legends
The romantic festival of Valentine's Day is said to have originated in pagan times in Rome when people celebrated annual fertility festival called Feast of Lupercalia in mid-February. A unique custom of the festival was the mating of young boys and girls for a year through a lottery system. Quite often the couple would fall in love and marry.

Strongly associated with the festival of Valentine's Day are the legends of three or more Saint Valentine of Rome. One of the most popular legends says, Valentine or Valentinus lived in Rome when the country was under the reign of Emperor Claudius II. It is said that Claudius engaged Rome in several unpopular and bloody campaigns. To maintain a strong army, Claudius continuously needed to recruit soldiers. But to his disappointment Claudius found that most men were unwilling to join army because of their strong attachment with their wives and their families. To get rid of the problem, Claudius banned all marriages and engagements in Rome. A romantic at heart priest, Valentine, secretly arranged marriages of young boys and girls and defied this unjustified and callous order of Claudius. When the Emperor discovered this defiance, he put Valentine behind bars and he was finally executed on February 14, about 270 AD. For his great service, Valentine was named a saint after his death.

By Middle Ages, Saint Valentine became the patron saint of love and lovers in England and France. In 498 AD, when Pope Gelasius decided to put an end to pagan celebration of Feast of Lupercalia, he declared that 14th February be celebrated as St Valentine's Day.

Some scholars however, say, romance was linked with Valentine's Day because of the popular belief in England and France during the Middle Ages that birds began to start looking for their mate from 14th February.

Valentine's Day Traditions and Customs
One of the most important customs of Valentine's Day festival is the exchange of love notes called ‘Valentines' by lovers. The tradition is said to have initiated in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans who sent the first known Valentine Day card to his wife from prison. In present times, Valentine's Day is the second biggest Valentine's Day card-giving holiday after Christmas. There is also the tradition of gifting flowers, chocolates besides other gifts of love on Valentine's Day as an expression of love.

Going on a date with one's Valentine is another popular tradition of Valentine's Day festival. Candle light dinners or evening together in a park are an all-time favorite dating idea in present times.

Valentine's Day Celebration
Valentine's Day is celebrated in a big way in several countries across the globe. Days before the festival markets wear a festive look. Shops selling gifts and cards are especially decorated with Valentine's Day symbols of roses, hearts, cupids and lovebirds. Aggressive marketing campaign by cards and gift marketers create hype for the festivals. On February 14, the spirit of love pervades the very atmosphere. One can find couples thronging parks, restaurants, malls and multiplexes holding hands and expressing love for each other.

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IM_GETTIN_THIN 2/12/2011 4:36PM

    Sounds like a wonderful way for you and hubby to spend valentines day/weekend. Happy Valentine's Day :)
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AFRESHSTART2 2/11/2011 8:15PM

    Great post! very informative.

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APMAC_D 2/11/2011 9:28AM

    Thank you for posting this, I just learned a lot :)

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