CURLSUSIEQ's SparkPeople Blog CURLSUSIEQ's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Accelerate the Action! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I want to look like this. I don't. But I will. And I have paid my dues to build my body's strength, my self control and eliminated the emotional triggers that addict me to sugar and caffeine temptations. <BR> It has taken months. The soul searching has paved the way for great success. Now, I am ready for the breakthrough! <BR> Slowly, I have gained more minutes I am comfortable with on the gym equipment. Five minu... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 02:59:07 EST Sizing Things Up! <img src=""> <BR> This is my goal, but in the meantime, I've learned something helpful I'll share here. <BR> When my clothes fit well, I look the best I can now. I found a clothing store that had something that fit me perfectly when I first tried it on. Never has this happened to me before! Then I found myself always searching there because of the fit. and I liked everything I bought, 1 or 2 things a month...because of the way they looked... Tue, 22 May 2012 20:23:17 EST Acidity is the Reason! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For weeks I have been tracking, exercising and getting nowhere...I even gained weight. I had to push myself, bulldoze into motivation gear and plow a few days. I was lethargic and disappointed. <BR> As a final whacker, I got to feeling woosy, nauseated and got a dull headache that lasted 4 days. (Me! Who never gets a headache!) <BR> So I researched and found... <BR> Although my calories and intake looked good, my ... Tue, 22 May 2012 20:11:21 EST Self Esteem and Weight Loss There is an emotional battle that starts when a person becomes overweight. Our society has become highly focused on perfect appearance and rewards the thin making "Toned and buff" the model for acceptance. It stinks, but there it is. What I want to say today is: Feeling rejected saps all your energy, motivation and willpower. Thus you're paddling against your own thought waves. Getting on the scale makes you want to cry or find comfort where you've always something that tastes good.... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 15:10:56 EST MP3 for me <img src=""> <BR> When you get swinging to the tunes, you'll play at your workout. It's fun!! <BR> <BR> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 06:27:55 EST Everything has a Time and Purpose! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The choices you make to take care of your body affect your mood and confidence. It also mends your patience and supports your hope. Eating greasy or sugary "downers" get in the way of your happiness. <BR> GO FOR THE PRIZE guys! Mon, 16 Apr 2012 06:26:17 EST Fashion Turnaround <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The light at the end of the tunnel leads to enjoying clothes again. WOO-HOO! Sun, 15 Apr 2012 16:31:04 EST Kicking It Into High Gear! <em>216</em> <BR> Enjoy your food. There are so many healthy great choices! Lean meat, flavorful fruits, veggies and creamy dairy. The most important single change you can make for the rest of your life is to make yourself drink water, all the time, until you like it. Your body is 86% or so, how important is it to get off of flavored drinks of any kind? Top priority! <BR> Are we giving it our best when we sweat? Ready to move a little more? <BR> Think of the new face you'll have... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 16:27:54 EST Being Cheerful I am widowed and no longer live independently. These things could easily depress me with loneliness and loss of self worth. Yet I have found some highly practical ways to overcome that I'd like to share. <BR> 1. Get out a little each day and enjoy the beauty of the scenery, the sky, the weather. It ministers to your spirit. <BR> 2. Do things you like! Think of what you CAN do and just do it. Dream until you find a way. Share your life with others. Treat yourself well. <BR> 3. Music sets the ... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 10:07:45 EST Daily Choices Every choice has a reward or discouragement connected to it. The Bible calls self control a fruit of the Holy Spirit. If we cooperate with What God does to help us and guide us, we will reap the benefits, offering our healthly body to the Lord pleases Him. We cannot afford to become prisoners of broken health or of emotional rejection because of overweight. I think this is often caused by using food as a comfort when what we have is heartache. Our Creator can fix what hurts. He loves us more ... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 09:45:52 EST How to Succeed! Every available idea can be found here...visual motivation is powerful. Accountability is next. Support strengthens every goal. Get it together with these tools. <em>347</em> Fri, 13 Apr 2012 02:13:13 EST Developing Your Best Lifestyle should have the respect it deserves to bring out our best for all we hope and for those we affect. How we live, how we handle our bodies directly touches our ability to successfully accomplish our dreams. It is the unspoken example that others follow, not the things we say, but what we do...and what we are. Lack of self control is a waste of happiness and drains our best. Thu, 12 Apr 2012 07:44:41 EST Developing Spark Attitude Being accountable for eating and exercise sets a good standard for life changes. The goals are reasonable and profitable for everything that matters. We cannot afford to become trapped in our own bodies. There's too much life to enjoy! <em>244</em> Wed, 11 Apr 2012 05:13:48 EST Dreams <img src=""> <BR> Our dreams give us purpose. They are connected to one another and build on each other. Faith in God, in His love and miracles make dreams come true. My life has been full of God's faithfulness, a history, a legacy of His love. Tue, 10 Apr 2012 06:07:35 EST What inspires you? <img src=""> <BR> The Bible is capable of producing all that it says. It is alive. Tue, 10 Apr 2012 06:04:32 EST Thinking young and happy! Looking nice in your clothes; not shying shying away because of low esteem, these are benefits of consistant spark challenges. Mon, 9 Apr 2012 01:41:18 EST Adding more exercise Little steps addup. Walking farther in the parking lot. Stepping faster when you shop. Increase your workout 1 minute a week. These little pushes also encourage how hard it is to work off wrong foods. <BR> Soon the scales tip in your favor and that's the pay-off. Mon, 9 Apr 2012 01:40:00 EST Salads save the Diet! Chicken Breast tenders on salad greens w/ranch satisfy my appetite with LOW calories. Also seafood salad on a bed of fresh lettuces. Sun, 8 Apr 2012 01:22:03 EST Bakery Delights <em>334</em> <BR> I have found high fiber bread and fruited muesili buns great treats from Publix bakery. Sun, 8 Apr 2012 01:20:11 EST How do you see yourself 5 years from now? I'm here for PERMANENT weight loss. I'm obeying a spiritual conviction to use self control in every area of my life and make wise life decisions. I see myself peaceful, healthy and successful in the dreams I have chosen to believe in. Sat, 7 Apr 2012 15:42:25 EST Being Your Best We offer our bodies back to God as a living sacrifice when we make choices that are healthy and humble. <BR> How do you feel about this? Sat, 7 Apr 2012 15:39:59 EST Spring! The beauty of nature is so refreshing to everyone. I enjoy the greening out of the woods and grass. Who cannot appreciate everything in bloom? Sunny days, mild, breezy weather...thank you God. Fri, 6 Apr 2012 01:30:52 EST Easter This is the holiest time of the year. We can honor our Savior by not being so captivated with food. Fri, 6 Apr 2012 01:28:39 EST Buying new clothes I get excited visualizing the smaller me. Some clothes make you look smaller. I like those. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Thu, 5 Apr 2012 20:18:18 EST Compliments <em>211</em> I got a compliment on losing weight. Good, because the scales show I've gained 2! I Measured and was disappointed too. BUT, I feel harder and stronger when I climb the stairs or workout. LIGHTEN UP, CAROLE! IT'S ONLY BEEN A WEEK OR SO! Thu, 5 Apr 2012 20:16:24 EST Sunny days How does the nice weather draw you outside and cheer you on to being more active? What do you like to do for fun? Wed, 4 Apr 2012 03:28:22 EST What inspires you most? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Without a vision, the people perish. meaning, we need to see it, to get there. <BR> This is the way I see it for me! Tue, 3 Apr 2012 05:35:28 EST What new horizons do you see with effective weight loss? I want to be a Conference speaker for Jesus Christ. Mon, 2 Apr 2012 07:06:47 EST Have you found any favorite foods that satisfy and taste good? Vegetable beef soup, caramel rice mini cakes, grilled chicken breast on green salad. Sun, 1 Apr 2012 11:25:46 EST looking ahead <img src=""> <BR> <BR> in my goal! Sat, 31 Mar 2012 02:51:45 EST Hair ideas I'm in the mood for some new hair ideas. I've worked so hard to get what length I have, but it's flat. Maybe a hair peice from Sally's to give me a boost behind my pony tail. <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 17:11:31 EST New looks! Shopping is one reward for keeping accountable. <BR> Got some new things and was encouraged when I fit better into some I already had. <BR> Feeling pretty. (somewhat...) <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 17:05:44 EST What interests keep you from snacking? art, time with friends, shopping, writing... <BR> <em>7</em> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 09:28:14 EST Are you an emotional eater? I have been in the past...from skinny and depressed to chubby and celebrating, then in between; up and down. My spiritual development gives me control over emotional issues, by faith and commiting my feelings to God's ability, I respond positively. Wed, 28 Mar 2012 11:46:36 EST Do you think weight affects your social life? Yes! I am shy when I don't feel confident about my size. Wed, 28 Mar 2012 11:42:52 EST How will you reward yourself for doing a good job on the first 10 lbs.? <em>9</em> I plan to buy white strips for a bright smile and book a consultation for a face lift. Wed, 28 Mar 2012 11:41:50 EST What is the most fun exercise you can think of? <em>334</em> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 01:13:16 EST What matters most? weight or inches lost? <em>228</em> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 01:12:31 EST What is your life's highest priority? Jesus said a person shows what they love by where they place their treasure...your time, strength and thoughts. What does that say about weight loss being low on our priorities? Mon, 26 Mar 2012 09:33:39 EST What refreshes your motivation? <img src=""> Sun, 25 Mar 2012 12:56:01 EST What purpose do you have for Spark in your life? What reward will you have in your future for all your discipline choices? <BR> These rewards are worth the effort. Sat, 24 Mar 2012 10:00:43 EST