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Travelnista could never be on the Biggest Loser

Monday, December 28, 2009

Travelnista is NOT the Biggest Loser. Oh I made my 50 pounds for the Challenge on my team but I am in no way proud of how I did it. A Leader should lead by example and I definitely do not want anyone to follow my lead on this one. I am not saying a Leader has to be perfect because we are people too and as long as we learn from our mistakes that is a good thing

This latest stunt I pulled to make sure I met the 50 pound goal was insane. I put in 3 hours of exercise on M-W-F in the form of one hour weight training with the machines and free weights and then 2 hours in the pool. On the off days I did 2 hours of cardio in the pool. Well, that pace lasted exactly one week and almost killed me. Had it not been for that big snowstorm we got before Christmas my exercise routine would have been greatly diminished because I was exhausted. I put in 2 hours of snow shoveling on Saturday after going to the gym in the morning before it started. Sunday morning I did 3 straight hours of snow shoveling and then I was done, finito, caput. I was afraid I was not going to be able to crawl out of bed the next day.

I am supposed to be leading by example and I am always on my "soapbox" handing out advise but I need to start listening to myself. I keep saying that this must be a lifestyle change. There is no way in Hell one can keep up that exercise routine 7 days a week, I think 5 days a week would kill me too. It needs to be a sensible one that one can do every day of their life. I am returning to my M-W-F weight routine and daily cardio of 60 to 90 minutes. If I take the weekend off or one day, I will not beat myself up.

I love the Biggest Loser but it is not a realistic way to lose weight. First of all it is a quick weight loss because all they do is exercise 24/7. Can you imagine all of the hanging skin as a result of that quick weight loss not to mention what it does to certain body organs. If 3 hours killed me, can you imagine doing it all day and at that intensity of those workouts? Those people do not hold down a job or take care of a household while competing on that show. I have a day job and a very stressful one at that. It is insane to think that one could sustain that workout.

I am embarrassed for what I did even though I achieved my goal. I actually feel horrible about it almost as if i cheated. Well, I did cheat because that is not my normal lifestyle. I am stressed tighter than a drum and I am am exhausted. I have not had the time nor energy to be Sparking like I normally do. I have not blogged in days and have only managed to do the very basics on Spark like the Nutrition and Fitness Tracker, birthday wishes, and congrats to Team Members of the day. I have managed a few posts here and there along with reading some of my Spark Buddies Blogs but I am way behind on that too. I do take my Friend Feed seriously. Trust me, I am not happy about that either.

I am publicly saying that do not follow my lead in this stunt to squeeze out the final pounds for any competition or challenge you may take. It was stupid and I was WRONG! I promise to do better!

  
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SPIFFYCAT 12/30/2009 9:07AM

    I just finished watching an episode of Biggest loser and you are so right, it is insane the amount of training they must do to lose those big numbers every week, I mean they are upset if they "only" lose 4lbs on their 10th week emoticon I would be ecstatic if I was losing that amount of weight that far in.
BUT they have nothing going on other that that programme and access to medical help 24/7.
On the good side you made the 50lbs and learnt a lesson don't be so hard on yourself..

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_DASH_ 12/30/2009 6:39AM

    "management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right thing." i think this post definitely emphasizes that you are a leader. thanks for being courageous in sharing your experience- it was still valid for you to go through and many others to learn from. thanks!! and happy new year!

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KARVY09 12/30/2009 3:35AM

    You have such a fine-tuned conscience! I'm going to be the one to urge you to go easy on yourself. You recognize that the insane exercise routine was not for you, you lost some weight and you are almost in the 200s! Celebrate your victory and rejig your schedule, and move forward. That's what you would tell the rest of us to do!

Rest up and enjoy the remainder of 2009! You deserve it, friend!

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JOYEOUSD 12/29/2009 6:53PM

    We live and learn!! I think your weights and cardio routine is way plenty! Balance in all things is best. I think that is alot of excersizing for someone your size, but if you can do it without killing yourself, GO FOR IT!! As you lose, it will get easier....don't beat yourself up! :)

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DARA52 12/29/2009 5:16PM

    Yvonne, such a good thing to share. Other people will read and follow your lead and do the healthy thing. Good for you. Welcome back!

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WALNUT5612 12/29/2009 2:51PM

    I love your honesty!!! Slow and steady wins the race.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/29/2009 2:49PM

    I hear you loud and clear my dear. I think you're being too hard on yourself, but I understand and empathize with the feelings. Let's make 2010 the best, happiest and healthiest year of our lives... TOGETHER! Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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MYREALANA 12/29/2009 12:33PM

    You may have temporarily overdone it, but you DID meet your goal.

It's not something that I think anyone would want to keep up in the long term, but the fact that you did what it took to keep that commitment to yourself and the team is admirable.

PLUS, you learned your lesson, so - BONUS!

Good for you.

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WINGSOFCHANGE 12/29/2009 8:30AM

    You set a goal and were committed to making the challenge, and you did. Congrats on reaching your goal. Please don't beat yourself up, chalk it up to a lesson learned. Kudos to you for being such an honest woman, not to mention caring, supportive and kind! I'm PROUD to call you my friend!!!
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BDRFLI 12/29/2009 6:13AM

    I appreciate your honesty and your insight regarding the Biggest Loser. I am a BL fan and have had to sit down and realize that the way they are losing the weight is not going to be typical of a normal lifestyle....

Congrats on your weight loss, pick yourself up about how you lost it, and keep it moving, lady! You are STILL an inspiration for sharing your true feelings so that we all may learn...

Thank you!

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NO_SNOW_BODY 12/28/2009 11:57PM

    You succeeded where I failed, I didn't lose 50 pounds on the challenge, I should be ashamed because I am a leader? Nope, I am not ashamed, I am going to lose sensibly like you have, You are leading by example, you tried something that didn't work and can now tell others how it felt, and how you discovered that the slow and steady way is the best way. You are a fantastic leader and every day you encourage and support, that is the leadership qualities we all wish to possess.

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JEAN524 12/28/2009 7:01PM

    It's understandable you felt driven to do this, but equally sure that it isn't a good way to do it. Been there, done that and if you're not careful the lbs will creap back on when you cut back on the frantic exercise. Just have some rest now and take it easy. Just over 8lbs a month isn't impossible with sensible exercise and nutrition. So thanks for being open about it and being so encouraging to us. You're a star.
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WEDDWT 12/28/2009 6:35PM

    First, emoticonfor making the 50# loss to meet the challenge!
We hear ya, exhaustion and stressing yourself out is not the ideal route, but occasionally we act goofy. Rest now, if that is what your body is asking you to do. And proceed with being your usual sensible, balanced, wise self. We accept and love ALL of your facets. Be happy emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 12/28/2009 5:56PM

    I've admitted to my mistake a time or two in public as you have. they love you more for it. it goes to show you are normal like the rest of us.

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EGRAMMY 12/28/2009 4:05PM

    Oh my gosh. You're not perfect. Burst my bubble, will ya?

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DS9KIE 12/28/2009 4:02PM

    Well at least you didn't take diet pills or starved yourself. That is real bad. Exercising is not so bad even if you did to much. emoticon

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DYNAMICDEB53 12/28/2009 1:59PM

    Yvonne like you said we are all human. You tired something and it didnt work, you realized the error and have commimted to doing it the right way. Yes a leader should show the right way, but hey its that human thing again. I am sorry you are feeling down right now, so stop it!!! We love you for being who you are a real person who just like the rest of us makes a mistake and learns. I think that learning is the best thing, becaue we are less likely to do it again. We can take a new step and find the right path. You have been working so hard on all fronts and I think you just forgot that this whole process has to have a fun element, to make our hearts feel the joy of what we are doing for yourselves.
Yvonne its time to put the FUN back in this lifestyle change. So go back to a decent routine which can challenge but not exhaust you. Get back to trying now foods that tickle your taste buds. Most of all get back to the Yvonne who has joy in all the things you do. That is the person we love. You have set a great example for all who know your story, and it is your determination to do good by your challenge that got us all excited in the first place. Looking forward to the new year and new challenges to keep us all inspired.
Hugs, love and bug smiles
Deb

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STOP-IT-KNOW 12/28/2009 1:54PM

    that's why i don't watch the show you can only do so much or you will get sick or die so please take it slower we need you.

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L*I*T*A* 12/28/2009 1:45PM

    happy for you in completing the challenge............we have all done silly things over the years.....this perhaps isn't the worst......honesty is the best policy and being honest with yourself is even better..........way to go!!!
blessings and hugs....................lita

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2BSALLYB 12/28/2009 1:34PM

    I admire your honesty. Being upfront about behavior is the way to change it. I think your integrity adds to being a great leader. emoticon Never fear I will follow that example..LOL...I gotta shoot for 30 minutes.. emoticon

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-TAMI- 12/28/2009 1:34PM

    Are you finished beating up on yourself or are you so tired you need some help doing it? emoticon
Yvonne, you have done such a great job this year losing weight. You are an inspiration to so many people and you know what; We don't expect you to be perfect. We expect you to be human and make mistakes just like the rest of us.
You made your goal now get some rest to make up for your short time of insanity. Then get back to your normal routine and enjoy your life.
Seems to me you're working so hard at your job and at Spark that there isn't much time left for fun just for you.
Have some fun Yvonne. You've earned it. emoticon

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KIMBEEJ16 12/28/2009 1:24PM

    Ditto what every one else said! :)

Hey, you are still a most valuable member of this community and the good you do to inspire and encourage us FAR outweighs (pardon the pun) any perceived "mistakes" you think you've made. A couple of missed workouts and a few unnecessary treats kept me from getting 50 lbs. off this year...but you know what? It's OK! So I lost "only" 48 lbs....lol!!! Still quite the accomplishment. I've got the rest of my life to lose the last 20 lbs. (though I think I'll get that done next year). The point is to learn on the journey...what works and what doesn't. The important thing is that we DO LEARN and make the changes we need to.

You rock!

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RUN2MYDREAMS 12/28/2009 1:07PM

    Stop being so hard on yourself! You are human, as we all are. We love you for being Yvonne. So please take care of yourself and get some rest this week! You are braver than me. I don't think I could spend that much time in one day at the gym. But you take care of you and do what works for you, ok?
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You are a great leader and friend. Your blogs are inspirational, factual and humorous. You are the best!
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WISLNDR 12/28/2009 12:58PM

    Any time I think I "cheated" to accomplish a goal, I just make sure I maintain that accomplishment honestly in the days to follow. You learned a lesson from it and there's certainly nothing wrong about that!!

Congratulations on completing what you set out to do! You know the right way, you know the wrong way and now you know the best way!!

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BETHSHEALTH 12/28/2009 12:53PM

    Snow is going to happen and you gotta do what you gotta do. I would not even attempt to follow that lead of 3 hours at the gym. I don't want to be there that long.

Your accomplishment will be keeping the 50 off since you "cheated" as you say to loose the last part. When you prove to yourself that last few pounds isn't coming back then you should be proud of yourself.

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THINWITHIN18 12/28/2009 12:49PM

    Yvonne, your 'mistake' was made with best intentions. How can we hold that against you? Thanks for all you've done for us over the past year, and best wishes for a happy and healthy 2010.
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FLUTTER-BY)L( 12/28/2009 12:37PM

    I am trying to remind myself to learn from the "failures' You now know what you can do and what should not be done.

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KASTEACH 12/28/2009 12:37PM

    Aaaaw Yvonne, don't be soooo hard on yourself! You have accomplished a wonderful goal...congrats! The holiday season is so hard on everyone and we have so many temptations to deal with. It was a learning experience for you, you acknowledged your mistakes, and now you move on! Blame it on the darn snow!
Happy New Year!

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USARUNNERGIRL 12/28/2009 12:15PM

    Don't beat yourself up. Everyone has moments where we push overselves a little harder than we should. I hope that you just realize that this did not work for you and that you move on past it.

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MTNHIKER1971 12/28/2009 12:10PM

    Don't be so hard on yourself Yvonne. To be quite honest, your dedication to your commitment and promised goal is very much inspired. Seriously, you didn't give in to temptation and you kept your focus on your goal throughout the month.

Give yourself a break and now you can plan out your goals for January and the coming year at the pace you feel comfortable with. ((Adding a shout out to Kim for the words of wisdom yesterday)

You're a great leader, motivator, friend and wealth of useful tools that you share with all... continue what you do best, and that's inspire!

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ANGELLACOLE 12/28/2009 12:02PM

    It is blogs like this one which prove what a great leader you are! You know when you are doing things the right way and you know when you are doing things the wrong way - and regardless you are HONEST with everyone and allow us to learn from you.

Thank you so much for your authenticity and transparency! I want to be like you when I grow up! emoticon

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(oh I almost forgot... 50 pounds is nothing to shake your finger at! You may have lost the last bit in a rush but you worked hard for the whole chunk! emoticon)

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SUSAN134 12/28/2009 12:01PM

    Yvonne, your methods may not have been ideal, but congrats on making your goal - and the fact that you kept your goal in mind and you stayed focussed. That is so tough, especially this time of year. Kudos to you.

Hugs

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DJS-DEBBIE 12/28/2009 11:54AM

    Yvonne, don't beat yourself up too much about this! We are all human and get carried away sometimes.

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ANNROBERTS54 12/28/2009 11:53AM

    Every mistake is a learning experience. And that darned snow had to be shoveled regardless!!

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My Friends - My Christmas Angels

Friday, December 25, 2009



My Friends, My Angels

I believe in angels
Those helpers who are near
Exactly when they're needed most,
Then seem to disappear.
I know them when I see them
Whatever their disguise
They're patient and encouraging
Resourceful, kind, and wise

Yes, I believe in angels
The kind that heaven sends
And I'm surrounded every day
By angels I call friends.
God gave me someone special
When He gave me
A special friend like you
Have a Blessed Christmas!

- Author Unknown


I wish all of you a Blessed Christmas!

Many of you on SparkPeople have become my Spark Angels. My wish for all of you for 2010 is that you too develop your wings and you fly with the best of them here on SparkPeople. Go out my friends and develop your wings. I love all of you guys and I wish you the very best for the New Year.



  
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.DUSTY. 12/26/2009 11:10PM

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DS9KIE 12/26/2009 10:06PM

    nice blog

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FUNNYGRANNY71 12/26/2009 9:51PM

    Thank you for sharing that. I believe everyone of us have angels in our lives. We just have to open up ourselves to them.
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JEAN524 12/26/2009 7:16PM

    Thank you for your faith in us and for your friendship and support. I hope you have a blessed and peaceful New Year. emoticonJean

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LEAN-N-LEXY 12/26/2009 1:50PM

    That's lovely. Thank you for sharing it. I believe in angels of all shapes and forms too.

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DYNAMICDEB53 12/25/2009 8:38PM

    You dear lady are one of us angels also! Merry Christmas and a very happy and successfully healthy new year!!
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MTNHIKER1971 12/25/2009 8:14PM

    2010 is going to be AWESOME!

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WANDAC2013 12/25/2009 1:22PM

    emoticonYou, too, are an angel to many of us! God bless you and your family!!!! emoticon

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WILLOW49 12/25/2009 12:40PM

    Thank you! Wishing you a very merry Christmas!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 12/25/2009 11:46AM

    Merry Christmas!

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L*I*T*A* 12/25/2009 10:05AM

    very nice..............wishing you the blessings of Christmas..........blessings and hugs..........lita

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LADYIRISH317 12/25/2009 9:43AM

    I don't just believe in angels, I've met some of them.

Wishing you and your family a beautiful Christmas.

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LOOZINITNOW 12/25/2009 9:40AM

    Thank you! Beautiful poem!

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JESSICA_0029 12/25/2009 9:06AM

    Merry Christmas! What a beautiful poem thank you so much.

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LINDAKAY228 12/25/2009 8:52AM

    I too believe in angels are around us and shine through the lives of people. And there are so many angels here. May your day be blessed and full of joy.

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NO_SNOW_BODY 12/25/2009 8:32AM

    Merry Christmas and may you be blessed this year with health and happiness each day.

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DIETMEISTER 12/25/2009 8:26AM

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you my friend. I think I can safely say that you are one of the head Spark Angels. Keep spreading all of you knowledge and motivation with us. emoticon

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RUN2MYDREAMS 12/25/2009 8:23AM

    That was beautiful Yvonne! You are the best! MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU MY FRIEND! emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/25/2009 7:53AM

    Bright blessings for the Merriest of Christmases and a New Year full of Fun & Fitness, Happiness & good Health, and most of all lots of Love & Laughters! Be blessed and be well, Love, Dawn emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANNBELL08 12/25/2009 7:45AM

    Merry christmas and all the best for the New Year

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EGRAMMY 12/25/2009 7:38AM

    At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.
Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
.....Albert Schweitzer

With deep gratitude, I wish you a Happy, Healthy New Year

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GIGABYTEFL 12/25/2009 6:58AM

    May the LORD Bless you and yours on this Christmas Day and the New Year to come.

Mac in Jax

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The True Meaning of the 12 Days of Christmas

Thursday, December 24, 2009

The Twelve Days of Christmas is so much more than a popular song. I hope I did not offend anyone with my version of the 12 Days of Christmas, it was in no way meant to take away from the true meaning behind the 12 Days of Christmas.

The Twelve Days of Christmas

The Twelve Days of Christmas is probably the most misunderstood part of the church year among Christians who are not part of liturgical church traditions. Contrary to much popular belief, these are not the twelve days before Christmas, but in the Western Church are the twelve days from Christmas until the beginning of Epiphany (January 6th; the 12 days count from December 25th until January 5th).

The origin of the Twelve Days is complicated, and is related to differences in calendars, church traditions, and ways to observe this holy day in various cultures. In the Western church, Epiphany is traditionally celebrated as the time the three Wise Men or Magi arrived to present gifts to the young Jesus (Matt. 2:1-12). In some cultures, especially Hispanic and Latin American culture, January 6th is observed as Three Kings Day, or simply the Day of the Kings (Span: la Fiesta de Reyes, el Dia de los Tres Reyes, or el Dia de los Reyes Magos; Dutch: Driekoningendag). Even though December 25th is celebrated as Christmas in these cultures, January 6th is often the day for giving gifts. In some places it is traditional to give Christmas gifts for each of the Twelve Days of Christmas. Since Eastern Orthodox traditions use a different religious calendar, they celebrate Christmas on January 7th and observe Epiphany or Theophany on January 19th.

By the 16th century, some European and Scandinavian cultures had combined the Twelve Days of Christmas with (sometimes pagan) festivals celebrating the changing of the year. These were usually associated with driving away evil spirits for the start of the new year.

The Twelfth Night is January 5th, the last day of the Christmas Season before Epiphany (January 6th), and often included feasting along with the removal of Christmas decorations. French and English celebrations of Twelfth Night included a King’s Cake, remembering the visit of the Three Magi, and ale or wine (a King’s Cake is part of the observance of Mardi Gras in French Catholic culture of the Southern USA). In some cultures, the King’s Cake was part of the celebration of the day of Epiphany.

The popular song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is usually seen as simply a nonsense song for children. However, some have suggested that it is a song of Christian instruction dating to the 16th century religious wars in England, with hidden references to the basic teachings of the Faith. They contend that it was a mnemonic device to teach the catechism to youngsters. The “true love” mentioned in the song is not an earthly suitor, but refers to God Himself. The “me” who receives the presents refers to every baptized person who is part of the Christian Faith. Each of the “days” represents some aspect of the Christian Faith that was important for children to learn.

However, many have questioned the historical accuracy of this origin of the song The Twelve Days of Christmas. It seems that some have made an issue out of trying to debunk this as an “urban myth,” some in the name of historical accuracy and some out of personal agendas. There is little “hard” evidence available either way. Some church historians affirm this account as basically accurate, while others point out apparent historical discrepancies. However, the “evidence” on both sides is mostly in logical deduction and probabilities. One internet site devoted to debunking hoaxes and legends says that, “there is no substantive evidence to demonstrate that the song ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ was created or used as a secret means of preserving tenets of the Catholic faith, or that this claim is anything but a fanciful modern day speculation ...” What is omitted is that there is no “substantive evidence” that will disprove it either.

It is certainly possible that this view of the song is legendary or anecdotal. Without corroboration and in the absence of “substantive evidence,” we probably should not take rigid positions on either side and turn the song into a crusade for personal opinions. That would do more to violate the spirit of Christmas than the song is worth. So, for the sake of historical accuracy, we need to acknowledge this uncertainty.

However, on another level, this uncertainty should not prevent us from using the song in celebration of Christmas. Many of the symbols of Christianity were not originally religious, including even the present date of Christmas, but were appropriated from contemporary culture by the Christian Faith as vehicles of worship and proclamation. Perhaps, when all is said and done, historical accuracy is not really the point. Perhaps more important is that Christians can celebrate their rich heritage, and God's grace, through one more avenue this Christmas. Now, when they hear what they once thought was a secular "nonsense song," they will be reminded in one more way of the grace of God working in transforming ways in their lives and in our world. After all, is that not the meaning of Christmas anyway?

On the 1st day of Christmas my true love gave to me... A Partridge in a Pear Tree The partridge in a pear tree is Jesus the Christ, the Son of God, whose birthday we celebrate on December 25, the first day of Christmas. In the song, Christ is symbolically presented as a mother partridge that feigns injury to decoy predators from her helpless nestlings, recalling the expression of Christ’s sadness over the fate of Jerusalem: “Jerusalem! Jerusalem! How often would I have sheltered you under my wings, as a hen does her chicks, but you would not . . . .” (Luke 13:34)

On the 2nd day of Christmas my true love gave to me... Two Turtle Doves The Old and New Testaments, which together bear witness to God’s self-revelation in history and the creation of a people to tell the Story of God to the world.

On the 3rd day of Christmas my true love gave to me... Three French Hens The Three Theological Virtues: 1) Faith, 2) Hope, and 3) Love (1 Corinthians 13:13)

On the 4th day of Christmas my true love gave to me... Four Calling Birds The Four Gospels: 1) Matthew, 2) Mark, 3) Luke, and 4) John, which proclaim the Good News of God’s reconciliation of the world to Himself in Jesus Christ.

On the 5th day of Christmas my true love gave to me... Five Gold Rings The first Five Books of the Old Testament, known as the Torah or the Pentateuch: 1) Genesis, 2) Exodus, 3) Leviticus, 4) Numbers, and 5) Deuteronomy, which gives the history of humanity’s sinful failure and God’s response of grace in the creation of a people to be a light to the world.

On the 6th day of Christmas my true love gave to me... Six Geese A-laying The six days of creation that confesses God as Creator and Sustainer of the world (Genesis 1).

On the 7th day of Christmas my true love gave to me... Seven Swans A-swimming The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: 1) prophecy, 2) ministry, 3) teaching, 4) exhortation, 5) giving, 6) leading, and 7) compassion (Romans 12:6-8; cf. 1 Corinthians 12:8-11)

On the 8th day of Christmas my true love gave to me... Eight Maids A-milking The eight Beatitudes: 1) Blessed are the poor in spirit, 2) those who mourn, 3) the meek, 4) those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, 5) the merciful, 6) the pure in heart, 7) the peacemakers, 8) those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake. (Matthew 5:3-10)

On the 9th day of Christmas my true love gave to me... Nine Ladies Dancing The nine Fruit of the Holy Spirit: 1) love, 2) joy, 3) peace, 4) patience, 5) kindness, 6) generosity, 7) faithfulness, 8) gentleness, and 9) self-control. (Galatians 5:22)

On the 10th day of Christmas my true love gave to me... Ten Lords A-leaping The ten commandments: 1) You shall have no other gods before me; 2) Do not make an idol; 3) Do not take God’s name in vain; 4) Remember the Sabbath Day; 5) Honor your father and mother; 6) Do not murder; 7) Do not commit adultery; 8) Do not steal; 9) Do not bear false witness; 10) Do not covet. (Exodus 20:1-17)

On the 11th day of Christmas my true love gave to me... Eleven Pipers Piping The eleven Faithful Apostles: 1) Simon Peter, 2) Andrew, 3) James, 4) John, 5) Philip, 6) Bartholomew, 7) Matthew, 8) Thomas, 9) James bar Alphaeus, 10) Simon the Zealot, 11) Judas bar James. (Luke 6:14-16). The list does not include the twelfth disciple, Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus to the religious leaders and the Romans.

On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me... Twelve Drummers Drumming The twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle’s Creed: 1) I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. 2) I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. 3) He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. 4) He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell [the grave]. 5) On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. 6) He will come again to judge the living and the dead. 7) I believe in the Holy Spirit, 8) the holy catholic Church, 9) the communion of saints, 10) the forgiveness of sins, 11) the resurrection of the body, 12) and life everlasting.

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LMSTRAW 12/25/2009 11:32AM

    Beautiful blog. Thank you for sharing this information.
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LINDAKAY228 12/25/2009 8:56AM

    Wow I had never heard that before. I really enjoyed reading this. I've enjoyed reading your whole series. Thanks for all the work you put into putting these together. May your day be blessed.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/25/2009 2:21AM

    Thanks for once again giving us "the rest of the story". You always inspire and teach us with your blogs. Have a blessed and Merry Christmas my friend. You're my hero and I am grateful to call you my friend. Love, Dawn emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MTNHIKER1971 12/24/2009 10:51PM

    Always enjoy what you bring to SparkPeople. The wealth of information that you bring, the positive energy, quirky sense of humor, the inspiration of sharing your progress, but more importantly, the genuineness of your willingness to help others achieve their goals!

You are our personal cheering section and we are yours.

Thank you for all that you do.

Your buddy,

Kelly

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    Beautiful! Thanks!
Merry Christmas!

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JFROGDIVA 12/24/2009 12:49PM

    Thank you for sharing this!! My Hubby's birthday is Jan 6th!! When we lived in Florida, we were near the community of Tarpon Springs which is a predominately Greek (orthodox) community!! Every year, to celebrate Epiphany, the priest would throw a white cross into the bayou & all the young boys & teens would dive after it!! Whoever came up with the cross was blessed for the year!! All of the business & people gave him gifts & they had a parade around town so people could bless him with money & gifts!! it was quite the celebration!! I don't know the whole story, but when we would go out for Hubby's birthday dinner a the big Greek restaurant, Pappas, the procession would come through!! We were never too sure what Epiphany was, so thanks for the explanation!!!!

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LEAN-N-LEXY 12/24/2009 11:30AM

    Thanks for posting this article. I've seen both sides of the argument before. I like this author's take on it. It seems to me the symbolism is there. I doubt there was any "secret teaching" involved at all. In a time where people were taught with allegorical plays and not largely literate, such symbolism would have been widely understood unlike today.

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L*I*T*A* 12/24/2009 10:17AM

    thanks for sharing the history behind the song............wishing you the blessings of Christmas to you and yours...........blessings and hugs.................lita

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DAPHNERUNNING 12/24/2009 10:16AM

    Fascinating! I never knew any of that before--and I love being educated!

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CUBANJELLY 12/24/2009 8:53AM

    I remember Christmas being a non-holiday in our family. We are Cuban so we always celebrated on January 6th. It's good to finally see someone has historical accuracy. It makes me cringe to hear people really believe Christ was born on December 25th! It's a pagan holiday tradition - when you can't beat them, join them. We celebrate Hannukah now and recognize Christmas as a time of celebration - more for our salvation and what Christ has done on the cross than for the day of His birth. Thanks for taking the time to get this fascinating information out there!

Have a wonderful holiday!
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KARVY09 12/24/2009 8:10AM

    This is very informative, and from an Eastern Orthodox tradition, we technically celebrate our Christmas after New Years so people often wonder why we leave our tree up so long. I hope that everyone learns something from your post!

Merry Christmas, dear friend!

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BROWREN 12/24/2009 8:03AM

    Hmmm . . . I had never heard that about the 12 Days of Christmas song. You learn something new every day. Thanks.

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GYPSYROSE67 12/24/2009 7:19AM

    Thank you so much for your 12 Days of Christmas Blog and the last post of possibilities of the 12 days. I don't consider myself religious but more of a spiritual person and I hadn't ever hear the 12 days broken in such the way as the last half of your blog. I found it beautiful to know that the nonsense song I knew may actually have a true meaning behind it.

Thanks again for sharing and have a very Blessed Holiday Season.

Merry Christmas
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Travelnista's Twelfth Day of Christmas

Tuesday, December 22, 2009



On the Twelfth Day of Christmas my true love gave to me – SparkPeople

A support system is one of the most important things we need on our journey to a new and healthier “us”. The support system needs to start with you. You need to love yourself and believe in yourself in order to undertake this quest. It will not always be an easy one but it starts with you and your ability to be in your own corner so to speak. Ok, so now you have decided you are worth it and you want and need this, where do you start?

Well, we are pretty lucky because if you are reading this then this means you have discovered SparkPeople. SparkPeople may be free but it is a priceless tool. More of you need to really start using it. I am not just talking about the Nutrition Tracker, the Fitness Tracker, the exercise videos, Spark Recipes, and the wealth of knowledge that has been compiled and is here at our finger tips – you actually need to start using them. The very minimal you should be doing is the Nutrition Tracker, Fitness Tracker, exercise videos, and Spark Recipes.

SparkPeople is oh so much more. It is a community or a family of fellow Sparkers that are here for you when you need us. We are there for you to celebrate with you, to give you a hug when you need it, a shoulder to lean on, offer support and motivation, and to give you a much needed kick in the pants to end your pity party and get you back on track . SparkPeople is your very own Support System when your family and friends just aren’t thee for you. Either they do not “get it” or they don’t want you to change, you becoming healthier and stronger is a threat to them on many levels. You are no longer their eating buddies, your spouse or significant other may feel threatened that you will now leave them for greener pastures, your activities have changed because your love of food is no longer forefront in your way of thinking or what you may be doing in your downtime, your improved health is spilling over into all areas of your life and it may be scaring the hell out of them. You are changing and they are not, they are afraid of being left behind.


The most important thing that you can learn is that you need to Spark. You need to participate. You need to get involved with the daily threads. Join teams that are going to help you get to where you need to be. Start blogging or at the very least support your fellow Sparkers blogs by reading them and taking the valuable information they are giving you and apply it to your quest for a new you. We have all been on diets before but SparkPeople adds a different component to the mix. The support system on here is both incredible and priceless. It is true, the more you Spark the better you will do. I know for me that is the major thing that is different for me this time and utilizing it is making me flourish. I wish you the same.

Spreading goodwill that can return to you. (Taken from yesterday’s Healthy Reflections)

“This quote can be read in a few ways, and all of them are worth thinking about. First, complimenting and encouraging others is one of the easiest and most powerful ways to be a positive force in someone's life. As long as you're sincere, repeating that encouragement as often as possible can have effects that far outweigh the effort. Countless people have exceeded their own expectations just because others believed in them. Second, giving positive feedback works even better if done publicly. Take those kind words and repeat them until everyone knows the great things that this person is doing. Third, we've all had kindnesses bestowed on us in word and deed. In return for that favor, it's up to us to repeat that generosity for someone else's benefit. However you read this quote, the point is that there's a kindness out there to be performed. And you're just the person to do it! ”



“ A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way you are.”

“A friend is the one who comes in when the whole world has gone out.”


“Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement - and we will make the goal.”

  
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GRAMMAP1 12/25/2009 11:40PM

    I read this blog and will probably go back and read the others. Well done, and well said. Results are the greatest encouragement but maybe you stated that in one of the other 11 days. Thanks.

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JUDYPOPPINS 12/25/2009 7:29PM

    I have so enjoyed your 12 days of Christmas blogs.
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DONGR8NCHARNC 12/25/2009 3:52PM

    Thanks! Merry Christmas!!

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DRUSILLA56 12/25/2009 2:14PM

    AMEN SISTA! GOD BLESS & A MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL.

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GIGIANDDAISY 12/25/2009 7:22AM

    totally agree!!!!!!!!!

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    I enjoyed reading your blog. Merry Christmas!
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EGRAMMY 12/24/2009 4:25PM

    Yes, the 12th day gift of SP is the best and you put it so very well. Again and Again......Thanks.

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DIDMIS 12/24/2009 10:28AM

    Really great blog.
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    Merry Christmas!

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DAPHNERUNNING 12/23/2009 3:59PM

    SO TRUE--Spark is priceless!

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LADY_KATHY 12/23/2009 2:27PM

    Loved your blogs. : ) I'll have to go back and re-read some if not all of them. : )

Merry Christmas....

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SHAY72 12/23/2009 12:55PM

    thanks so much for the blogs i am a subscriber to ur blogs i am gonna miss the days of christmas, but can't wait to find out what's next on ur blogs.

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CHEDDERFISH 12/23/2009 12:09PM

    I'm Spreading the Spark on my blog today!! (www.chedderfish.com) hehehe It is such a great place since I get to meet people like YOU!

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MTNHIKER1971 12/23/2009 11:57AM

    A true friend knows all about you and still wants to be your friend....

Thanks Yvonne for another Critically acclaimed blog!

Much love

Kelly

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 12/23/2009 1:44AM

    Thanks for putting this all together. I have enjoyed reading it everyday. I love that you saved the best for last. I love SparkPeople!

Merry Christmas!
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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/23/2009 12:28AM

    Absolutely awesome. This is the very best! YOU are the very BEST! Thank you for this and for being YOU! Love, Dawn emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 12/22/2009 11:21PM

    you saved the best for last.............love it...................thanks for sharing.........blessings and hugs...........lita

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MTP717 12/22/2009 6:45PM

  Good post. I really enjoyed reading all of your version of 12 Days of Christmas blog. Very thought provoking and inspiring. Thank you again. Looking forward to reading more of your blogs.

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LIVINHEALTHY4 12/22/2009 5:43PM

    Loved it, loved it, loved it!!!

Cannot thank you enough for all the wonderful, inspiring blog posts these past 12 days of Christmas!

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MUDMOUSE 12/22/2009 5:39PM

    They gave me you..

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JESSICA_0029 12/22/2009 4:18PM

    I'm so thankful for spark friends as well. Thanks for this blog!



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BROWREN 12/22/2009 2:44PM

    The discussion of yesterday's healthy reflection is the attitude that I try to take each day. It only takes a few minutes of my time to wish my DONE Girls a happy birthday, congratulations on being DGotD, or welcoming new members to the team, but it can make a difference in how they feel about themselves and how they decide to participate in SP. I know I felt overwhelmed with all of the wonderful thoughts when I was named DGotD. It made my day. The same when my birthday rolls around each year and people take the time to send me a message. It is a wonderful feeling which can last for days, and it only takes a few minutes to ensure that others can have that feeling too. On the hard days it is what keeps me coming back and sticking with my goals more often than not.

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JEAN524 12/22/2009 2:30PM

    emoticon emoticonSpark friends are what has kept me going these last months when things have been so difficult and prevented me putting it all back on plus. Thank you so much everyone and particularly our leaders who are always there to support us. emoticon

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MIKROS2 12/22/2009 2:21PM

    Thank so much for this blog. As usual a great blog. God Bless!

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NENA_PINK16 12/22/2009 2:15PM

    Thank you so much for your true words. They are a reminder of whats important! Sparkpeople is truly priceless!

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-TAMI- 12/22/2009 2:14PM

    Yay Spark People. The people who run it and the people who join it.


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    emoticonin 2009 and I'm going to emoticonin 2010.
Looking fwd to a new year!
Happy New Year, Yvonne !
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    Yeahhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Travelnista's Eleventh Day of Christmas

Monday, December 21, 2009



On the Eleventh Day of Christmas my true love gave to me - goals

We all know the saying, "Fail to plan, Plan to fail." Goals get you going. Goals
give you a purpose for taking on your new quest to a healthier you. People who live without goals have no purpose. Many people just muddle through this journey to a new you. Please do not make this mistake, you are too important to yourself, your family, and to us.

Goal setting is a powerful tool. In fact, goal setting can make the critical difference between success and failure. One obvious goal of many may be to simply stick to your diet and/or exercise program in the course of a busy, overscheduled daily routine.

While life may seem out of control at times and that you’re a passenger in life rather than the driver, remind yourself that YOU hold the greatest power of all – that is the ability to design your own life. You can wake up every morning and decide to exercise, eat a nutritious breakfast, or you can choose other options that may be detrimental to your emotional and/or physical health. Ultimately, the decision is yours and yours alone.

Here are a few tips to make lifetime commitments through goal setting:

1. Don’t compare yourself with anyone except your self. This is not about winning or losing. This is about making your life better – whatever that means for YOU.

2. Focus on the present – How will you feel after your exercise session today? Will your ability to resist that donut fill you with a sense of accomplishment?

3. Imagine the results – literally. Visualize! Day dream in detail about how you would like to look. Athletes picture themselves performing their event over and over again in their minds until they finally perfect it. If you see your self as soft, sloppy, weak, tired, or stressed, this may very well become your reality for just thinking it. Picture yourself standing tall taking deep breaths, confidently approaching life head on.

4. Take small steps – they DO count! It’s impossible to stop smoking, start drinking 64 oz of water, and exercising 5 days a week. Start slowly, one attainable goal at a time. Begin with taking a short walk and slowly work your way up.

5. Be patient – it make take weeks before you start noticing you have more energy, your clothes are fitting more loosely and you aren’t getting short of breath walking up a flight of steps. When you do recognize these signs of achievement, celebrate.

6. Put holes in your excuses. When you find your self coming up with an excuse not to exercise, go back to the reasons why you want to exercise in the first place. Put a stop to the negative self talk and obstacle formation. Grab that mental sledge hammer and break through!

7. Journal – If you do just one thing related to goal setting, begin journaling. Tracking your progress can help you stay focused. Write down not only your goals, but what exercises you did, how you are feeling and what small changes you are noticing in your everyday life like, not being short of breath or lifting something with ease, or having less pain. Writing your goals in front of your journal would help you to review them daily.

Now I do not think I am going to journal per say because I use my blogs as a journal. I use it as a historical record of where I have been, how far I have come, and where I am am going. I am planning to write out a contract to myself this year. It will plot out my long term goal, it will also entail mini goals in between so the ultimate goal doesn't seem so far away and unattainable, and it will include some rewards along the way. Ii love rewards and I bet you do too!

Unfortunately, there is a problem with most New Years Resolutions. People talk about their resolution and tell other people about them. We really mean to follow through; we might even make plans in our minds to do so. But how often do we use a written goal setting process for our New Years wishes? If we did, we would have a better likelihood of making them come true.

Being goal-directed is important, but few people put their personal and emotional goals into writing. Businesses stay successful because they have written business plans. Many of us are high achievers at work; making and meeting goals is life long in the educational and professional part of our lives. Similarly, we can use goal setting in our personal and emotional lives to help us live less stressful lives with greater balance and simplicity. Why not use this method to make yourself happier? When you write out our goals and plans, your chances of attaining them become greater.

When you know what you want in your life, write down your long term goal. Your long term goal is what you ultimately would like to see happen. Please remember that your long term goal should be positive! Attaining your goals should make you feel good about yourself. They should also be reasonable. A typical resolution might be 'lose 10 pounds' (especially after all those holiday parties) A better way of writing your long term goal would be: 'be healthier about my food choices so that my weight stays where I feel comfortable.' Notice that I didn't say: "I'm a fat slob and need to stop eating so much" (that would be a put-down and would not make you feel better about yourself) or "Fit into a size zero next week" (which may be unrealistic) Remember: you want your end result to be achievable and optimistic! You must believe you can do it!

Now it is time to break down your long term goal into short term goals. Short term goals should be concrete, measurable and time-limited. There should be several of them to attain your goal. Using the above example, your short term goals could start with: 1. Use your Nutrition Tracker for 30 days. 2. Stay within my calorie range every day for 30 days. And for Pete's sake don't always shoot for the low end of the range.3. Use your Fitness Tracker for 30 days.

Then do it! Once you reach the end of your goal, feel good about it. Celebrate in some way. Your achievements are important! Make up a reward system for yourself.

When you complete your short term goals you may want to revise your plan. You can extend the same goals if they are working well for you, or add new ones. So: Make a goal. Turn the goal into steps. Make the steps into tasks. Set dates for completion. You can revise your long and short term goals or write new goal setting plans as needed.

Don't self-sabotage by staying in your comfort zone or denying that part of you wants to grow. Be willing to learn from the experts so you don't re-invent the wheel. Don't start crazy diets or exercise routines. Read as much as you can so you can learn about things to apply to your goals. Try new recipes to keep you on track. Spark as much as you can, there are so many role models here on SparkPeople. Surround yourself with successful and positive people in your life and here on SparkPeople. Learn from them, emulate them, jump on their bandwagon and let them take you to new heights.

Attaining your personal and emotional goals helps self-confidence and improves self-esteem. It makes you move out where you are comfortable and try something different. If you want something strongly enough, you can do it! You will feel life has more purpose and meaning and be more secure and self-reliant. Goal-Setting can help you live your life the way you really want it to be.


"Goals .There's not telling what you can do when you get inspired by them. There's no telling what you can do when you believe in them. There's no telling what will happen when you act upon them.'
Jim Rohn

"Don’t be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps."
–– David Lloyd George

Remember, you only have to succeed the last time.
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TRACYZABELLE 12/30/2009 1:27AM

    congrats on the popular blog post award

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    Great blog!!!

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LADY_KATHY 12/22/2009 11:07PM

    such great blogs... : )

Merry Christmas.!!!

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KNH771 12/22/2009 12:14PM

    Wonderful blog with some very practical advice! Thanks!

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L*I*T*A* 12/22/2009 2:31AM

    wonderful tips and ideas......thanks for sharing with us all.....................blessings and hugs...................lita

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 12/22/2009 1:25AM

    These are wonderful tips. Thank you for sharing. You are a very good writer.
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TRACYZABELLE 12/22/2009 1:24AM

    thank you for taking the time to enlighten us!!

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ANNESTARR 12/21/2009 11:34PM

    Travelnista, you've outdone yourself with your wonderful Christmas blogs! Thank you SO much for bringing each of these important topics together so well (and beautifully) for me. Have very best of Holidays, and thank you for all of your great support! Anne emoticon emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 12/21/2009 7:47PM

    Loved this and all yoru blogs are being licked on "I liked this blog"

Hope Christ (Spark guy) recognizes your abilities to help others.

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DEFIANTVEGAN 12/21/2009 4:31PM

    Really great blog.. One of my goals is to not make it a goal to make it a way of life for me.

Sometimes when I say Goal it seems like it's far from reach. In this case if it's something that I want and haven't put myself to doing it then I have to take it as a goal and do it.

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RUN2MYDREAMS 12/21/2009 3:36PM

    Excellent!

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DAPHNERUNNING 12/21/2009 3:18PM

    I love all your Days of Christmas blogs. Keep 'em coming!

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LINDAKAY228 12/21/2009 2:39PM

    Excellent points. Thank you so much for this blog series.

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WILLOW49 12/21/2009 1:32PM

    Thanks, Yvonne for all of these great blogs! They've made me stop and pause, prepare for the holidays and for a new year!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/21/2009 1:31PM

    This is maybe the best of this series of Christmas day blogs. I love it. You have hit the nail on the head, that's for sure! We MUST have goals and hold them close to our hearts. NO EXCUSES! Thanks for this blog and for the leadership that you share with us. You are an inspiration to me and so many others. Thank you thank you thank you! Love, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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KIMBEEJ16 12/21/2009 1:15PM

    These daily blogs have been so wonderful and inspirational. I plan on printing them out and making myself my own little "spark book" to refer back to and to! Great work...and I do mean they have been a lot of work for you! Thanks!

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MAFOSTER11 12/21/2009 12:58PM

    Another wonderfully inspirational blog. Great layout and the idea of a contract is awesome. Thanks for sharing even more.

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LIVINHEALTHY4 12/21/2009 11:39AM

    I have so enjoyed all your days of Christmas. It will be sad when they end, but I will certainly be going back to re-read them!

You have encouraged me so much by these posts.

Thank you for sharing all this wonderful info, thoughts, and inspiring words!

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SECRETMUSIC 12/21/2009 11:25AM

    Thanks for taking the time to write such thought-provoking blogs!

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DARA52 12/21/2009 11:05AM

    Thanks, Yvonne. Great idea. I was just trying to think of ways to jump start myself and making a plan/goal journal might be one of the ways to go. Again, you are so wonderful to share all of this with us. Hugs. Dara

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CLAIRESML 12/21/2009 10:26AM

    Thanks for posting this great reminder of such important info for us.

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BAMATEACHER 12/21/2009 9:08AM

    I'd love to read your contract and goals for next year, if you were planning on sharing. :)

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DS9KIE 12/21/2009 8:53AM

    great blog

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MTNHIKER1971 12/21/2009 8:43AM

    She sure is Dietmeister.... (getting out my pen and paper to write out my goals now) dang, my pen is out of ink... lol

Seriously, this is very good information. I hear folks all the time say they are going to do 1, 2 and 3 all at the same time, however, they don't have a plan of action. Taking on too much at once leads to a greater chance of failure. Mapping out your plan and starting off with the little things is a better approach.

Thanks Yvonne! As always, you ROCK!

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DIETMEISTER 12/21/2009 7:58AM

    I'll be jumping on your bandwagon, you are such an inspiration.

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