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Day 75 - small wins

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

When you notice the rainbows and then “look at your own actions and identify all the ones that help move you closer to your goals”, you come closer to having “small wins”.

Anything that makes you feel more “successful, happy, healthy, or peaceful” brings you “closer to your goals.” Whatever it takes, a warm bath, a mani/pedi, a run/walk, or anything can help you feel closer to a healthier state of mind.

Keep creating these small wins and build them one upon the other so that “slipups in your day will seem a lot less important.” Success will be the order of the day.

Challenge

What are the 5 small wins for today?
Journal and read your wins out loud affirming you are a success
Do this for one week or a few months – does this affect your attitude?

Cheers,
Barbara

100 Days of Weight Loss and Friends with the Scale by Linda Spangle

  
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PYNETREE 9/17/2014 12:25PM

    Hi Barbara, Linda Spangle sounds like a wise woman. I might look for her book.
How are you doing? Well, I hope.
I had about 8 ~ 10 days of decent, low cal eating going..but then Tuesday happened! Stayed on target all day, eating really light, because I knew Spaghetti night at my husband's Legion Post would be high carb. But usually I don't eat the bread, or the sausage, just salad, spaghetti, a meatball, and maybe 2 cookies. But last night I was so hungry, that I ate a slice of bread, and a slice of sausage, and 4 cookies, THEN split a kids size Sundae with Pyne on the way home! Charted my food, knew I was right at 1200 calories, so I could only have water the rest of the night..and that was OK, very satisfied, not at all hungry ~ yet, when Pyne got back from his meeting at 9pm, with 3 soft Pretzels..I ate half a pretzel!
AArrgh!
Starting over again today! I will do better!

Hope you are doing better than I am!

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KEKEIKO 9/17/2014 11:01AM

    A couple big wins for me this morning were:

1) stepping on the scale and expecting a gain and seeing a loss.
2) baking and not eating a morsel.

emoticon These things make me stronger and feeling better about reaching my goals.

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Day 74 - watch for rainbows

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

When things goes wrong, we tend to look toward food to relieve our pain. Spangle says that we should look for the “rainbows” instead. If we look for good things in our life, then it can diminishes those bleak parts of our day. You have to be willing to look for these though. So if your teenagers arrive home safely after a late night, your wedding day is taking place outside and the sun is shining with weather that is balmy and beautiful, or the clouds are cheerily moving along a beautiful skyline and on and on, you can take heart in all of this.

Challenge

Notice all the good things out there
Journal the rainbows – how did it bring you “comfort”
“…watch for more tiny rainbows to smile about, then cebrate and appreciate every one of them”

Cheers,
Barbara

100 Days of Weight Loss and Friends with the Scale by Linda Spangle

  
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FERRETLOVER1 9/17/2014 7:46AM

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I am always looking for the rainbows!

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MILLISMA 9/16/2014 10:16PM

    Many times my rainbows have been my kitties. They have been with me through some difficult times. There is something special about a head butt and purring!!!

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BETRHO48 9/16/2014 9:48PM

    emoticon I loved reading this day's chapter in the book. I like looking for the rainbows in each day. I'm not very good at it, but I am getting better with practice.
~Beth

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KEKEIKO 9/16/2014 9:13PM

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Sometimes it's hard to find the rainbows but if you look hard enough they are there.
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LJOYCE55 9/16/2014 8:50PM

  Thank you.

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Day 73 - all-or-nothing

Monday, September 15, 2014

Perfectionism. Do it right or don't do it at all. We have all been through this. We flub up and then quit. Spangle instructs us not to get caught up in all of this because then we lose sight of the possibilities that could benefit us.

For perfectionists, things are either right/wrong, yes/no, good/bad, and so on. But the truth is there is 'gray' in each of these areas and we need to be able to embrace that aspect. For example, let's say we plan not to eat chocolate while we are on a weight loss program. But then when we succumb to eating it, we end up feeling like a failure because we broke our golden rule. The next step is we quit trying. Some of this has to be true because too many of us stop and start our programs for years.

Instead, leave room for some allowance of chocolate as in a fiber one bar or something small. This way it is allowed and you won't feel like you have cheated and you can keep moving onward and upward with your plan allowing you "to feel successful."

Spangler tells us "perfectionism is a gift!" You just have to know when you should keep it and when you should "let it go". It is better to strive for "excellence" than perfectionism.

Challenge

"Do something less than perfectly."
"Eat one food that's not on your current diet plan."
Journal "imperfection(s) in your notebook."

cheers,
barbara

100 Days of Weight Loss and Friends with the Scale by Linda Spangle

  
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KEKEIKO 9/16/2014 9:16PM

    I'm usually an all or nothing type of person. I'm in or I'm out and there doesn't seem to be a halfway there.

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MTN_KITTEN 9/16/2014 9:50AM

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FERRETLOVER1 9/16/2014 7:55AM

    Everything in moderation.

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BETRHO48 9/15/2014 10:23PM

    Your blog speaks specifically to me.
Are you a perfectionist, too?
Thanks for sharing. It is a good review for me.
~Beth

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ROCKPORT9 9/15/2014 9:27PM

    At my age, I am in to eating a healthy, balanced diet with sweets allowed, at times.

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MILLISMA 9/15/2014 9:19PM

    I REALLY like this one! Great advice. emoticon

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AUNTALICE2 9/15/2014 9:12PM

    I am really into the 'all or nothing' thing. It is difficult for me but I am really trying to alter my thinking. emoticon

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Day 72 - sneak eating

Sunday, September 14, 2014

I have a lot of problems with weight, food and weight loss, but mostly I eat right out in the open even if it meant going up to the buffet bar in front of my co-workers long after they stopped. I would brush off the stares.

When you are on a weight loss program and you slip up, you might fear telling people you had a relapse. If you have the weight 'police' at home or at work, you don't want to be bothered with their negative remarks. Spangle also hits home when she says sometimes we try to get back at the 'police' by thinking"I'll show you!" and then eating secretly. Of course, we all know we are just punishing ourselves with this thinking.

Spangle suggests to "always eat sweets or favorite foods in the prescence of at least one other person." You'll need to ask for their support in terms of using "encouragement rather than criticism".

Challenge

Journal foods that you might sneak eat
What do you tell people - what emotional needs are you addressing - anger/control/fear/embarrassment/etc.
How do people react when you don't follow your program precisely. How do you react to their reaction?

cheers,
barbara

100 Days of Weight Loss and Friends with the Scale by Linda Spangle

  
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KEKEIKO 9/15/2014 2:46PM

    I don't believe I've ever hidden to eat. I guess if I ever did, it probably would be chocolate.

If someone dares to challenge me if I fall off the wagon then it's potty mouth big time for me. I may use every four letter word I could think of. If I take a pause I may come back and finish the job, LOL.

The important thing for anyone to do is be supportive and non judgmental towards one another and I'm not just talking food.

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AUNTALICE2 9/15/2014 9:23AM

    I do not sneak eat, never have. I just eat whenever and wherever I want. Which is not good either. It does not make any difference whether you eat in front of someone or not you are still eating too much. emoticon

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BETRHO48 9/14/2014 11:11PM

    emoticon Great blog. Hits home with me, but I'm working on that!
~Beth

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MILLISMA 9/14/2014 9:36PM

    Sure makes sense to me. The only thing is that I don't think my kitties care. lol

Hope you're having a good day!

hugs...Mary Anne

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ROCKPORT9 9/14/2014 7:24PM

    Ahhh....sneak eating....for me, it is after bedtime- carbs or sweets. This is a good idea. You want it----eat it out in the open!

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SPEDED2 9/14/2014 6:54PM

    I haven't told anyone at work that I'm using a weight loss program. When I'm asked, "How much weight have you lost?" My response is always that I've lost a couple of pounds. There are just too many who try to sabotage your success. Jealousy..they've given up or never tried...who know??? It's my journey and I travel my own road.

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Day 71 - it's too hard!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

"No one is immune from bad days, stress, and fatigue"...but that's not a good reason for giving up! Instead, you need to learn how to face the tough times without allowing them to pull off track" says Linda Spangle.

We think when we have a letdown that "oh, this is too hard". But in fact, we do hard things all the time and we don't even consider it hard or difficult! Work (angela), teaching special ed (jeanne), building chicken coops (keke), dealing with diabetes (alice), taking care of our parents (maryanne), and on and on. So certainly, we can do follow our weight loss program, right?!!! Say yes, guys! lol

There is no question weight loss takes a lot of our energy. We have to plan, track, and be committed and consistent. We CAN do it!

Challenge

journal "I can do hard things"

journal what you have done that was hard

be committed

cheers
barbara

100 Days of Weight Loss and Friends with the Scale by Linda Spangle

  
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JILL313 9/13/2014 10:30PM

    Great Blog & thoughts. You are awesome as are more than 3/4 through the 100 Day Challenge, WTG! One day I plan on re-joining it as Linda Spangles has such good info and well thought out many true and interesting ideas. I'm so glad you're feeling better as you've sure been sick. I'm glad you're healing and I'm amazed at you for being able to keep up with the Challenge, you are so committed to doing well in it and you do it no matter what comes along.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Hugs,

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SPEDED2 9/13/2014 8:33PM

    "Just put one foot in front of the other and don't worry about the length of the path. Once you get on that path, and the longer you stay on it, there eventually will come a time when you will not turn back.”
― Martina Navratilova

And so it is with Sparkers!

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KEKEIKO 9/13/2014 3:53PM

    True but when you're down and out or time it's easy for those old habits to creep up.

Some have to work harder than others to achieve their goals. No two people are alike.

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MASTERPIECE8 9/13/2014 12:48PM

    You are so right emoticon

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BETRHO48 9/13/2014 12:44PM

    emoticon YES! We can do this. Other people have done it and other people are doing it. We can do it, too!
~Beth

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MILLISMA 9/13/2014 9:57AM

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Have a great weekend, Barbara!!!

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