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Are You Neglecting Your Body?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

If you crave chocolate as much as Aunt Marge does, you know that nothing else could possibly come first. Her tastes aside, food can actually be more of a foundation than a passion. To have an enriching & healthy life, fitness is a must. Good eating can be part of that fitness springboard that makes bigger things possible. The next months and years are filled with hard work that takes energy and action. If you're starving your body, depriving it of what it needs, you're handicapping yourself in the race for your dreams. And if you're filling it with garbage, don't expect much in return. This all may seem obvious, but too many people sabotage themselves by ignoring that simple fact. For so long, we've been hearing so many bad things about different foods, it's almost as if food is our enemy, one that can kill us or ruin our lives. Truth is, food--good food--is the thing that makes everything else possible.

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SUNNY1432 10/27/2011 1:38PM

    I love the sweets!! A big reason why there is NO Halloween candy in the house yet. Great Blog!!

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VENISEW1 10/27/2011 12:39PM

    I had the same problem w/m&m's, twix & reese's last night. Wish I could control myself a little better. I was like a dog who just couldn't get enough. Thankfull they're still some left for the kiddos.

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APIRLRAIN888 10/27/2011 12:36PM

    Agree but I can't cave to my need for pringles's opening a can of worms..I was this close

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Believing In Yourself

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Limitations can either define us or give us a challenge to outwit. When you look at your abilities, do you see boundaries and limits, or do you see possibilities and potential? Obsessing about weaknesses can blind us to the untapped abilities we already have. You have talent. Everyone does. The secret to success is to find that talent, develop it and push it as far as you can. Grandma Moses might have been a lousy bowler, Einstein probably couldn't sing a lick, Michelangelo could've been unable to speak well in public. So what? They knew what they were good at and rode that pony. Your talent might be right in front of you: where do you get the most compliments? What seems to come easily to you? What do people ask your advice for? Live there. Don't let the rest get in the way.

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ELLIE-1220 10/26/2011 6:42PM

    Always such sound advice!!!! Thank you!

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APIRLRAIN888 10/26/2011 3:56PM

    True true

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How Can You Share Your Spark with Others?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Light is meant to be shared. If you try to hoard it or keep it covered, out of everyone's sight, you'll just end up smothering it. Try to close it in your fist so it doesn't get away, and it burns you. You can't possess light. All you can do is appreciate it, use it and help others use it, too. In the same way, your life is also meant to be shared. Many people look upon their lives as something that must be jealously protected and stowed away. They block out others and are afraid to share their time. What happens? Their spark suffocates. But there are others who have an abundance mentality. They believe, correctly so, that there's plenty of life to go around, that all flames get brighter when we share them. They know that when we invest energy in others, we get even more in return. Don't sacrifice your chance at a bonfire because you're too busy trying to keep a tiny match from going out.

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APIRLRAIN888 10/25/2011 9:05PM

    I share by example works better

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Pay attention when an old dog is barking. - Old Proverb

Monday, October 24, 2011

Pay attention when an old dog is barking.

- Old Proverb

Learn From Someone Who's Been There

You can learn a lot from someone who's been sniffing his/her way around the neighborhood for a while. "Experienced" individuals have unique skills and knowledge that come from years of experience. These talents are usually unappreciated and, in many cases, undiscovered. But others can make great teachers, ideal sounding boards, or valuable mentors. They can tell you where potential trouble spots are, how to score extra treats, and who's most likely to scratch you behind your ears. If you're a young pup still learning your way through the world (as we all are), you can use all the wisdom and street smarts you can get. Instead of baying at the moon, try keeping your ears open for older dogs.

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SUNNY1432 10/24/2011 10:53PM

    emoticon blog!

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APIRLRAIN888 10/24/2011 4:16PM

    Yes been learning tons from sparkers

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The Value of a Supportive "Family"

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.

- George Burns, comedian and television personality

The Value of a Supportive "Family"

Ha. But seriously folks: Your family can be an undiscovered source of pleasure and deep satisfaction. True, families can sometimes be aggravating and even dreadful. But if you're fortunate enough to have caring, supportive relatives, don't waste it. Sometimes in the search for people to help us with our goals, to be excited for us, to pick us up when we fall--we overlook what's right in front of us. Family help isn't for everyone, of course. But maybe your "family" can be a close group of friends instead, or members of a social club or your church. The point is, happiness involves people that are most important to you. At the very least, your family wouldn't let you get away with goofing off on your goals--shoot, they haven't let you get away with anything since you were 12!

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RAYNEVALO 10/24/2011 7:55AM

    You got that right. We all need support. I'm truly blessed to have support from my hubby, family, and spark family.

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MARTHASPARKS 10/23/2011 3:19PM

    My family is very supportive but my other family - my Spark family - is the most supportive, the most practical, the least judgmental and the most helpful.

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REJOHNSON3 10/23/2011 10:03AM

    You are right-on with that comment on your blog, VENISEW1. I have found SPARKPEOPLE to be a great resource for support in my weight loss journey.

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APIRLRAIN888 10/23/2011 8:32AM

    Totally agree! My Sis are supportive

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