HELENCHRISTINE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HELENCHRISTINE HELENCHRISTINE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Book Review: The 100 by Jorge Cruise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691481 I just skimmed through most of the book, spending time reading what interested me. The goal in this plan is to keep the sugar calories you eat a day to 100. If that is too hard, keeping the sugar calories under 300 will still produce weight loss. You can alternate, eating 100 sugar calories from Mon.-Fri. and then eating 300 sugar calories on Sat. and Sun., or any variety of alternations. Some foods can be viewed as free food but still need to be eaten in moderation. Keeping the sugar cal... Fri, 9 May 2014 18:19:06 EST A Paradigm Shift http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690081 I've been gaining and losing the same 15 lbs. for 4 years. There is a Bible verse where God is talking to the Israelites and He says, "You've circled around this mountain long enough. Now turn and head north." That's how I feel, I'm tired of circling the mountain of weight loss and I want to turn and head south on the scale. <BR> <BR> I have 2 things going on in my head about this weight struggle. <BR> <BR> #1: I've been reading some amazing books about economics to my kids (by Richard M... Wed, 7 May 2014 21:34:14 EST Paradigm Shifts- Bob Proctor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690079 I listened to Bob Proctor on www.youtube.com as my friend, Vera, recommended him to me on the subject of paradigm shifts. Here are my notes on what he said. I am just taking information in at this point, not responding: <BR> <BR> A paradigm is a multitude of habits that control our behavior. Our paradigms are lodged in our subconscious minds. What you believe and why you believe it are paradigms. If you want to change your paradigm in an area, first recognize what your problem areas are... Wed, 7 May 2014 21:32:46 EST 7 Steps to Developing Good Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690077 <BR> I found this talk on the 7 steps to developing good habits on www.youtube.com. I now don't remember who the presenter was, but I found value in it. <BR> <BR> 1. Make a decision: Decide clearly that you are going to act in a specific way, 100% of the time, whenever that behavior is required. <BR> <BR> 2. Never allow an exception to your new habit pattern during the formative stages. Don't make excuses or rationalizations. Don't let yourself off the hook. <BR> <BR> 3. Tell others... Wed, 7 May 2014 21:31:47 EST How to Create Habits for Life by Barrie Davenport http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690076 Here's another list of helpful steps to creating new habits that I found on www.youtube.com: <BR> <BR> 1. Planning: Pre-planning to prepare yourself for the new habit. Break the habit down into small pieces <BR> <BR> 2. Keep the practice of the habit to 5 minutes in the first 2 weeks <BR> <BR> 3. Set up a trigger, a habit you already have, attach the new habit to something completely automatic, like brushing your teeth. <BR> <BR> 4. Announce your habit to the world... for accountabili... Wed, 7 May 2014 21:30:30 EST Practice Visualization by Brian Tracy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690075 I found Brian Tracy on www.youtube.com and listen to a couple of his videos. Here is one on practicing visualization, which is one of the things the Gabriel Method Eating Plan recommends for weight loss: <BR> <BR> 1. Frequency. Visualize yourself performing the action clearly. The more often you do it, the quicker you will internalize it. <BR> <BR> 2. Duration. The longer you retain the mental image in your mind, the quicker you will internalize it. <BR> <BR> 3. Vividness. How clea... Wed, 7 May 2014 21:29:23 EST 21 Day Mental Diet by Brian Tracy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690074 These are my notes on another video I saw on www.youtube.com by Brian Tracy: <BR> <BR> 1. Wake up 2 hours before you have to be somewhere. Invest the first hour on yourself and your mind <BR> <BR> 2. Take 30-60 minutes to read inspirational materials... positive and healthy materials (like the Bible) first thing in the morning. <BR> <BR> 3. Write down your top 10 goals in a notebook. Write them in the preset tense, exactly as if you've already achieved them. i.e. "I weigh 130 lbs and ... Wed, 7 May 2014 21:28:34 EST 2 Important Habits of Successful People by Brian Tracy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690073 Here is another summary of a Brian Tracy youtube video: <BR> <BR> Successful people have 2 great habits: the ability to focus and to concentrate. <BR> <BR> Focus requires clarity of the desired result. You need to keep the key object in focus. Concentration is the ability to stay with a task until it is 100% complete. Everything you do is taking you to that goal. <BR> <BR> Take control of your life. Plan your day to do the jobs on which your success depends. Set priorities. Work on... Wed, 7 May 2014 21:27:32 EST 150 Pounds Gone Forever by Diane Carbonell, book review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5252893 These are my notes on the book: <BR> 1) Reasons I have not been able to lose weight, maintain the loss and get healthy: (my reasons) <BR> a) I over-indulge on holidays, parties and restaurants <BR> b) I get side-tracked by another project and stop meal planning and exercising <BR> c) I have days when I don't care <BR> d) I miss a day and don't get back on plan <BR> e) Stress of company coming <BR> f) Stess of going on vacation <BR> g) Don't have tim... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 18:36:25 EST