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Things I do that non-Sparkers may find a weird...

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

but... we (Sparkies) all totally "get"!

emoticonevery now and then you will hear me say "WOOHOO" for no reason (but I do it to brighten my spirits). Always nice to have a WOOHOO moment!

emoticonwhen I buy batteries, I get rechargeable ones for my scale (I like to keep track of my numbers and I try to do my part for the Earth now... my journey has taught me that my world needs ME to help her... so I do it in EVERY way I can, each day)

emoticonproclaim my food scale as one of the most important tools in my kitchen! (extra batteries for that, too!... I am ok without it, I just choose NOT to have to do that just yet lol)

emoticoncall people I have never met face-to-face, my friends (Spark Family) and know for sure that it is true.

emoticonwhen I read a blog or status from a "stranger" that is struggling, I immediately try to encourage whoever that person or let them know that they are NOT alone... because I would hope someone else would do the same for me.... or when someone has a victory, I join them (it's not my victory, but I celebrate it with my friend anyway!)

emoticontake the stairs when there is a perfectly good escalator or elevator right beside me.

emoticonbefore going out, I get on my Nutrition Tracker and the place's website to make sure I make a good choice whenever possible.

emoticonwill spend $10 on a nutritious lunch instead of getting a cheeseburger at McDonalds for $2 (OR pack my own lunch to avoid a problem).

emoticonprefer fruit over cake and cookies now... party host: "would you like a piece of cake?" me: "no thanks, I brought pineapple"...though I am known to make my own cookies (usually oatmeal or peanut butter instead of chocolate chip).

emoticontruly believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day (and my metabolism and day both agree)

emoticon emoticon emoticonshop on the outskirts of the store (fresh, natural foods) and visit the center much less often now!

emoticonplan what I am going to eat a day (or even days...) in advance.

emoticonadd extra veggies and fruits to anything I can (and my son now says "yay vitamins!!" yessssssss progress!!)

emoticondrink hot tea in the evenings to curb cravings instead of giving in to temptations (that I will later be upset about and aren't worth it or even really wanted!) and enjoy the warmth (also, it helps soothe me and I sleep better!)

emoticononly eat things that grow (fruits, veggies, and herbal teas after 8pm) ... helps me not to eat sweets, assists in my sleeping, and so much more!

emoticonwhen I take a leisurely walk with my son, we carry trash bags and collect trash and other things to dispose of properly...another step toward protecting our world... baby steps (just like this journey!)!

emoticonhave a motivational collage in my bedroom, carry my SparkPeople keychain with me, and Spread the Spark as often as possible (Sparking myself and others keeps me on track).

emoticonplan when I will workout and work it around my other obligations (my cardio and strength training are important to ME, others can wait� that�s HUGE for me!). Yes, I make myself a priority!! ::shock::

emoticonmy living room has hand weights, a balance ball, stretchy bands, workout DVDs, and other things where a chair once sat (I like them being in my face to remind me to USE them!)

emoticon emoticoncheck the weather channel every day so I can plan my workouts and family outings accordingly (I need to know if it's going to rain on my planned zoo outing or park adventure!)

emoticonprefer to prepare my own food because when I make it I can control what goes in it.

emoticonmeasure my success each day not by the number on the scale or the number of things I accomplished, but by how many glasses of water I drank and if I completed my planned fitness for the day and how I FEEL!

emoticonchoose to drink water over other things, even if its "free" and included with something while I am out.

emoticongo for a walk quickly (and occasionally break into a jog for a few minutes!!) because I actually like it and not because I'm being chased by a rabid dog or psycho killer.

emoticonorder salad dressing on the side or even bring my OWN.

emoticonget restless if I go a (planned) day without working out.

emoticonenjoy buying fruits and veggies and then cleaning, cutting, and preparing them to store in my fridge (or wherever) so I can have easy access to better options.

emoticonget up, put my workout clothes on, and start my day... instead of lounge around in my jammies all day or wait for some substance to wake me (coffee, etc)...even when I have nothing planned for the day!

emoticoneat pretzel, Triscuits, wheat thins, or pita chips (and hummus if I want) instead of chips and dip.

emoticonuse every excuse to get some fitness in: Wii with my son, planning a little side trip to the park for "fun" (tennis, basketball, hike, etc), signing family up for charity walks, etc

emoticontake time out of my day just for me, instead of using that time to do one of the many tasks at hand for someone else. (I'm important to myself, even if others don't agree :p)

emoticon emoticon emoticonget online and ask for help (screaming on every message board if necessary) when I am having a rough time instead of giving up the fight...yes, I lean on my virtual friends!

emoticondance when no one is looking or if everyone is watching, because it's fun and I enjoy it (I dance during cleaning the house now, go to Zumba classes, etc...)

There is more, I'm sure... but you get my point! Do you have things you do now that you didn't do "before"...? I love the new life I gave myself...all because of SparkPeople.. and my amazing Spark Family. I don't care if anyone understands me in the "real world"... you all "get me" for the most part and I am changing for the better. WOO HOO!!
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BLESSING4U5 8/29/2011 3:15PM

    Great blog and very useful tips. Thank you for sharing

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NANCY- 5/24/2011 3:27AM

    Awesome list!!!! You could have keep going and I would have kept reading.

When I read that you will spend more on a nutritious lunch instead of getting a cheeseburger. It told me that you value you.

Keep On Sparking!!!!

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KRANDER 5/21/2011 9:15PM

    emoticon emoticon LOVE IT!!

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SHAPNUP 5/14/2011 11:55AM

    Fabulous blog. Thanks for sharing so much success!

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ONE-HOT-MAMA1 5/10/2011 5:51PM

    i love your blog and all of your tips i do some of them but i will do some more now that i read your blog

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  Great blog - I do most of these things but it is nice to see that I am not the only one

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STEEGLO 5/9/2011 8:29PM

  Loved this. I am so encouraged and motivated to go the extra mile.

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KRISTALYNN7 5/9/2011 2:20PM

    Thanks for sharing your tips- I will be sure to include some of them in my own daily routine. Love Spark and love the support I receive from my "Spark Family".

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ZIEKEPPLER 5/9/2011 11:36AM

  Excellent ideas! The one thing I do that folks think is nuts now that I've reached my goal weight is that I still track absolutely everything I eat. I had a few weeks of not tracking honestly and I gained weight. Not gonna let that happen anymore. Sparkers like you have helped me step back on track when I've lost my way, so THANKS. sparkers rock!!! emoticon

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REDRAIDERPROF 5/9/2011 10:11AM

  WOOHOO! I couldn't agree with you more. Good for you!

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SEDONACAT 5/9/2011 9:55AM

    What great ideas! I do a lot of them but you have given me more ideas. Thanks!!

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JNPMUDDIN 5/9/2011 9:33AM

    I do the samething for most part. I feel I have a million friends and I have never met anyone of 'em. But, I get more out of all these friends then I do anyone next to me.

Thanks Sparks.

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HALFFAST 5/9/2011 9:15AM

    Great blog!

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DEELYNNE1 5/9/2011 8:38AM

    Love your list! Great way to start off a new week! Now if I can just get my grandson, who stays with me when school's out, to say yessss! to more fruits and veggies - especially veggies. How'd you manage that?

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MONIKA1948 5/9/2011 8:34AM

    Great blog with many awesome tips. Thank you for sharing.
Continued success on your journey with Spark. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DUKEFAN86 5/9/2011 7:49AM

    You've given me several great ideas! Thanks for the Monday morning lift! :)

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SPEEDY143 5/9/2011 12:53AM

    emoticon Spark on emoticon

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TERRBEAR12 5/8/2011 6:37PM

    I like! We are weird in the best ways possible. You are doing so incredibly well, reading about your son and his response is worth thumbs up all by itself. You have inspired me to try taking a trash bag again. I kept intending to but rarely did then I stopped even with the good intentions. Thank you.

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CORNERKICK 5/8/2011 2:44PM


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LADISHEFFLADY1 5/8/2011 2:20PM

    Yes, I agree with them all! I never thought of other people thinking we were weird, but I think you're right! lol

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PARKERB2 5/8/2011 12:42PM

    That's for the great ideas. I like trying others ideas.

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SANDRAFIVE 5/8/2011 12:00PM

    This was a great blog and so many ideas. Thanks emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HOPESINGH 5/8/2011 10:51AM

    It sound so wonderful! Your post encourages me to get back to my fitness. Thanks! emoticon

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THINMOMMAGN 5/8/2011 9:08AM

    I also am copying this and posting this for reminders... Such great ideas! Thanks for being so upbeat! Happy Mother's Day, Sparkfriend! emoticon emoticon

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SLEANNES66 5/8/2011 1:43AM

    I LOVE your attitude. I hope you don't mind if I copy this. You really have some great ideas. I can't wait to try to incorporate some of your ideas into my days. Thanks.

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KARENA228 5/8/2011 12:52AM

    This was great. Very motivating to others. I know it was for me.

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L*I*T*A* 5/7/2011 9:30PM

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ELAINESHAFF 5/7/2011 9:12PM

    emoticon from me to you!!

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SHERRYJVP 5/7/2011 8:34PM

    This is a keeper. Thanks for sharing.

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RUTHDEN1 5/7/2011 8:31PM

    Great blog. And so true.

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JIBBIE49 5/7/2011 3:33PM

    emoticon What an honor to have your blog be featured this week.



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MLMEYER98 5/7/2011 3:23PM

    You are a true inspiration! Your blog was great & encouraging; and I love the butterflies!

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MISSM66 5/7/2011 2:16PM

    I love your Blog,I do some of the things you are doing,and just reading your blog make me want to do more,yes I am a exercise junkie,I only sit when I am doing spark I keep going all the time, and the scale that is my kitchen Friend,I also have one that I travel with emoticon I may sound Crazy but that is true,Keep up the good work my Spark Friend emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CNELSONSATHY 5/7/2011 1:24PM


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This was just the lift I needed today!

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AJAYZCHAOS 5/7/2011 1:06PM

    emoticon I'm getting there, slowly but surely.

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MARTHASPARKS 5/7/2011 12:06PM

    Love it. What a great blog!

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GERIKRAGH 5/7/2011 9:49AM

    I can see why this was a popular blog. I have more Spark friends than regular friends. My DH always looks at me funny when I say a friend in Michigan got 2 feet of snow! (We live in Calif. and I've never been to Mich.)

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YESWEDID 5/7/2011 9:07AM

    great list!

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BLUE_KARMA 5/7/2011 9:02AM

    I like this list!
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BEVLEGILL 5/7/2011 8:55AM

    That is truly an amazing list. I've only been on SP for about 6 weeks and i am doing some of those things and will continue. Thanks for sharing.

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SEAWAVE 5/7/2011 8:25AM

    So much of this sings! emoticon

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CREATIVEJOY39 5/7/2011 8:14AM

    Your blog is great! I'm right there with you on several things but there are some new ones I'm going to try too. Thanks for the inspiration and congrats on your successes!

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GRAMMAALI 5/7/2011 7:56AM

    Love your list and using all the little icons and your back ground for your spark page! Wow! and WooHoo! Thanks for sharing!

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BD3269PM 5/7/2011 6:54AM

    Woohoo! I certainly get you and feel the same. My weight loss is so obvious that everyone asks me about it. I am so enthusiatic telling them about SparkPeople. I try to get them to understand that this is not a diet. It is a lifestyle. I knew I had to make a change to get myself healthier and I found the perfect place here emoticon The tools and information, the motivation, and most of all the SparkFriends. What a wonderful place to be!!! Keep on Sparking emoticon

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ANGELSUNITED 5/7/2011 3:33AM

I am loving it!!!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 5/7/2011 2:19AM

    emoticon emoticon one done girl dance coming your way to helpkick our butts emoticon and oh yes i understand you. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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-POOKIE- 5/7/2011 1:18AM

    Brilliant blog and I recognise SO many of these!

Other day I ran up stairs in a store while my boyfriend took the escalator... I got there first!

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TAMARA7567 5/7/2011 12:13AM

    These items were a great reminder to me of how much my life has changed in the last few months. It reminds me how much progress I have made! Thanks so much for the inspirational blog!

Now, if I could only get *my* son to say "Yay, vitamins!" LOL

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