LINDAINALABAMA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LINDAINALABAMA LINDAINALABAMA'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/ Best Exercises for Seniors http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775162 I got this today off Yahoo news: <BR> <BR> Best exercises for seniors: (check with doc first, of course) <BR> <BR> * balance on one foot - even if you have to touch the wall in the beginning <BR> <BR> * yoga - any gentle stretches, not the not 105 degree yoga - haha. I do 20 min. of yoga in bed every morning before I get up. <BR> <BR> * swim - even leg lifts at the shallow end of the pool are a start <BR> <BR> * dance - put on your fav music at Youtube and have a go at it. I love... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 12:43:38 EST U-Turns http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742216 Hey Spark Friends, <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> I’m taking a writing class at WVU.com and we are studying THE WRITER’S WAY by Julia Cameron. She also wrote the Artist Way. <BR> <BR> We are on Chapter 9 about U-Turns. Now the lesson is not about weight loss but it is about using your creative powers. <BR> <BR> Here are some of my favorite highlights from the chapter: <BR> <BR> *when a creative artist is threatened, she makes U-Turns to sabotage herself. Does that sound at all familiar? <BR... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:53:12 EST Oprah Magazine - "Stress Relief Navy Seal Style" aka Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723436 In the July 2014 issue of Oprah magazine Kathryn Wallace wrote an article "Stress Relief - Navy Seals Style." p. 62-63 <BR> <BR> I find it's really about MOTIVATION - which I love to have more of on a daily basis. <BR> <BR> Here are some of the points the article makes that I love. <BR> <BR> *Prep for Battle - do mental rehearsals. This eases stress and gives you confidence. If you have something big coming up, mentally rehearse different ways you think it might play out. <BR> <BR> *... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 13:58:04 EST Importance of Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717895 This article talks about the importance of HABITS. <BR> Unlocking The Weight Loss Puzzle: The Importance of Habit <BR> Posted by Rich Brugger <BR> <BR> http://newprovidence.patch.com/groups/ri<BR>ch-bruggers-blog/p/unlocking-the-weigh<BR>t-loss-puzzle-the-importance-of-habit <BR> <BR> <BR> Habit #1: Exercise The Power of Habit: “When people start habitually exercising, even as infrequently as once a week, they start changing other, unrelated patterns in their lives, often unknowingly. ... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 13:43:25 EST Do Your Best Anyway http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717549 Do it Anyway an Inspirational Poem <BR> by Mother Teresa <BR> <BR> People are often unreasonable, <BR> illogical and self-centered; <BR> Forgive them anyway. <BR> <BR> If you are kind, <BR> people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives; <BR> Be kind anyway. <BR> <BR> If you are successful, <BR> you will win some false friends and true enemies; <BR> Succeed anyway. <BR> <BR> If you are honest and frank, <BR> people may cheat you; <BR> Be honest anyway. <BR> <BR> What you spend years b... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 23:56:37 EST Hey You, Refusing to Look in the Mirror http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648831 I 'borrowed' this from Positivehope. Thanks! <BR> <BR> Saw this and knew I needed to post it for my Spark Friends. <BR> <BR> Hey, <BR> Yes, you. The one trying not look in the mirror after a shower. <BR> The one breathing heavy from the exertion of bending over to dry your feet. You move slowly, you breathe hard and your lack of balance makes you cringe. You're sure taking a shower should be listed as exercise. You towel dry your hair and head for the door. <BR> <BR> Why won't you look at... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 01:19:29 EST Downton Abby - Mr. Bates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620634 Hey Spark Friends, <BR> <BR> While I munch on my celery with peanut butter and ride my stat bike for 30 min., I'm wondering what Mr. Bates will do to the bad guy who abused Anna. <BR> <BR> And I'm wondering what YOU think Mr. Bates might do? Let me know. <BR> <BR> Only Week 9 and 10 left in the BL Winter Warm Up Challenge. And sticking to my goals of water water every where, 30 min. exercise daily, track that food and stay within 1250 - 1750 daily. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Linda <em... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 17:02:10 EST My Sapphire BL Dream http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609325 Hey Beauties, <BR> <BR> Well, I’ve decided I’m not going to win the Lottery so instead, I’ve been working with a chemist and we are about ready to announce our NEW PILL FOR WEIGHT LOSS. <BR> <BR> These are it’s amazing qualities: <BR> *You being the Sapphire BL Challenge with great zest and zeal which continues right on to the very last day. <BR> *You are eager to drop by and Chat with your Sapphire sisters, every single day. <BR> *You have a strong desire to do every single ITC and even ... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 15:03:20 EST 2014 New Year's Resolution - Don't Start Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577014 Hey Spark Friends, <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> I had an AHA Moment last night as it was getting to be bedtime. I thought how I don’t have to make a New Year’s Resolution to start over and begin again. NO! I have been on this Spark Path for going on 4 years now so I THINK I know quite a bit (although I may not always apply what I know). <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> So…instead of starting over like a beginner, I’m going to set a Resolution to Carry On…Go Forward. When I made that decision, I p... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 18:37:14 EST Meal Planning for 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573832 Hope on my Sapphire BL Winter Challenge mentioned that she plans meals for a week. <BR> <BR> I thought I might give it a try. I like to cook/prepare low carb/paleo in batches. <BR> <BR> Saturday <BR> BF: Scrambled egg with cheese <BR> Grilled Oscar M. beef wiener <BR> <BR> (I scramble 6 eggs and mix with cheese then put them into plastic containers with the George Foreman grilled wieners so I can just go grab the food and heat a portion in the microwave.) <BR> <B... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 13:44:26 EST Do You Streak? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545489 No, I'm not talking about streaking 'naked' through the super market like the song. <BR> <BR> I'm talking about Spark Streaks. You make a commitment to yourself to make a change and stick to it for a period of time. <BR> <BR> My Sapphire Team talked about going forward into the Winter Warm Up BL Challenge with some Streak promises to ourselves. <BR> <BR> Here are my Six STREAKS FOR WINTER: <BR> <BR> 1 - Log in my food every day. <BR> <BR> 2 - Log in my exercise minutes every day. <BR>... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 18:36:21 EST Shake Something Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500310 I think this nice fall cool weather is making me want to shake things up a bit. <BR> <BR> I've kept myself stuck in the house all summer. It was too hot to get out and do anything. <BR> <BR> But now that the weather has changed, I think maybe I can go out for a change also. <BR> <BR> I may go to the nearby state park and watch the deer. We aren't allowed to feed them. All though I have been known to break this rule from time to time. There is a camp ground where they tend to gather, a... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 12:32:31 EST Gray's Anatomy Quote: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5497969 Gray’s Anatomy quote: <BR> <BR> We get to decide how we’re going to live. <BR> So do it. <BR> Decide. <BR> <BR> Is this the life You want to live? <BR> Is this the person you want to love. <BR> Is this the best you can be? <BR> <BR> Can you be stronger? <BR> Kinder? <BR> More compassionate? <BR> Decide. <BR> <BR> Breathe in. <BR> Breathe out. <BR> And decide. <BR> <BR> You make a decision and the world has to turn. <BR> The consequences unfold. <BR> Decide. <BR> <BR> I heard this last ... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 17:43:42 EST BEING CONSISTENT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5484836 We all set goals. Drink more water, go to the gym, cut back on this or that, exercise more. <BR> <BR> And we think it's all about choices. And it is. <BR> <BR> But I'm thinking there's another, maybe even stronger, ingredient. <BR> <BR> CONSISTENCY. <BR> <BR> When we say I want to drink more water, what we are really saying is I want to be CONSISTENT with drinking more water. Not for 3 days or during the 30 day challenge, but forever. I want to be consistent with drinking 8 glasses ... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 18:24:47 EST Remember 9-1-1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5482601 Today is the anniversary of 9-1-1. <BR> <BR> Let's remember everyone in our thoughts and prayers. <BR> <BR> Linda Wed, 11 Sep 2013 10:53:26 EST Make It a Spa Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5482597 Hey Spark Friends, <BR> <BR> I was thinking wouldn’t it be so nice to go to a spa for a month. It would probably cost about $3K to $5K or more. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Then I got to thinking like this for a month: <BR> <BR> $210 lunch at my local deli - 2 veggies and a meat $7 <BR> $35 pool/gym membership at the local hospital w/ water aerobics <BR> $75 massage <BR> $15 foot massage/pedicure <BR> $40 gasoline for travel <BR> $15 Redbox movie during the month <BR> $390 total (that beats... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 10:51:44 EST Body Fat Set Point http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5481841 I just read this neat article on Spark. There are several topics in the link. The two I read were Paleo Diet and Fat Set Point. <BR> <BR> Basically it said Paleo diet is about the best one going to help with fat loss. <BR> <BR> What I liked about the two articles was this: <BR> <BR> Paleo cuts out junk food, refined sugars, and wheat <BR> It adds in whole foods, eating healthy <BR> It is similar to low carb eating but not as strict <BR> Eat yogurt, kraut, and sour pickles to keep your ... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 15:59:31 EST We build our vision http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5479653 In order to have any good come into your life, <BR> You must create a space for it first. <BR> This is the Law of Attraction. <BR> <BR> We establish our purpose. <BR> We build our vision. <BR> We set our goals. <BR> <BR> Your goal is something you dearly want. <BR> It’s your heart desire. <BR> <BR> We have the compass and the skills, <BR> Now all we have to do is stay on course. <BR> <BR> This is a 4 minute video with beautiful visuals: <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?a nnotation_id=a... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 15:52:39 EST BL Sapphire Team Sun=Sational Summer Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402986 Hey All, <BR> <BR> I am going to blog about my lack of motivation. I've got this new book I just downloaded to my Kindle Fire. My Kindle reads to me. Can you beat that? <BR> <BR> The book is about the 5 gears of weight loss. I haven't read it yet but I'm hoping it will be like the gears on a bike. <BR> <BR> You know the one, first gear is difficult all the way up to fifth gear which is smooth sailing, riding along with the wind in your hair. <BR> <BR> I sure am hoping it will have som... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 23:12:19 EST Day 16 Blog 5-13-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5355453 Hey Spark Buddies, <BR> <BR> I’m on a STREAK. That word is foreign to my vocabulary. But none the less, I’m on a streak. I walked a mile 2 days, worked in the yard for hours over the weekend, and heading back to the trail for another mile today. That will make a 5 day streak. Who knew??? <BR> <BR> I read Bob’s article with Oprah today on Yahoo. For those on a plateau he suggests a treadmill b/c you can increase the time you walk and the incline. He says it’s all about letting your or... Mon, 13 May 2013 17:35:12 EST Day 15 5-2-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5343099 Good Morning Spark Land, <BR> <BR> I had a little Aha Moment this week. It's too embarrassing to say, it makes me feel shallow and a bit dumb. But I got the message just the same. <BR> <BR> Today I am grateful for: <BR> <BR> *Loving myself by eating healthy foods <BR> *Eating fewer and fewer sweets as they wreck my glycemic index. <BR> *Pure, Britta filtered water for drinking <BR> *Apple cider vinegar with the "mother" that seems to be keeping colds away - the crud came on me when I dra... Thu, 2 May 2013 10:38:15 EST Tracking Day 14 4-23-13 I'd really like to know. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5333061 Hey Spark Friends, <BR> <BR> You can tell if a Spark is sticking to her plan by the way she participates...or blogs. <BR> <BR> You will see that I have not blogged since 3-13-13. I'm not doing what I'm supposed to do. <BR> <BR> I've hit a rough patch with my emotional baggage. You think you are going along just fine <BR> and then BOOM- the Universe puts some big old challenges in your path. "Get around this if you can." it seems to say. <BR> <BR> And I'll say, "I'll get around you, b... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 14:29:39 EST Beautifully Motivational 1 Repeated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5289771 http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id<BR>=annotation_571655&feature=iv&src_vid=<BR>ZF5bsJkp1EQ&v=YSpZZ7iEWRY <BR> <BR> This was so nice that I wanted to repeat it. It is a great, short video to watch with your morning coffee or tea. <BR> <BR> Linda <em>386</em> Sun, 17 Mar 2013 11:34:20 EST Tracking Day 13 on 3-13-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5286531 Hey Spark! <BR> <BR> Today is the first day of the BL Spring Melt Down challenge. I am geared up and ready. <BR> <BR> I did my carb cycling day - that's the one day a week I take off to eat carbs. I had some banana pudding and choc ice cream. I threw the left overs in the garbage. That way they won't SING to me from the freezer all week. <BR> <BR> I bought a smoked bbq Boston Butt roast and will eat high protein on it all week. I also plan to cook some of it in black eye peas to mak... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 12:31:05 EST Tracking Day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5280023 Ok, I've not totally gone off the deep end, but I am standing at the edge. <BR> <BR> Lots of emotional stuff going on in my life right now but I'm hanging in there. <BR> <BR> I bought some sweets but I'm keeping them in the trunk of my car so that I have to go out <BR> there to get them and I have to stand outside and eat it. So, I didn't eat any of the chocolate last night. Yeah <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I am writing my lapband hypnosis affirmations down on a card and taping it to my cp... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 11:23:28 EST Tracking Day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5243302 Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> For my Lovely Lime BL challenge this week I was asked to post about <BR> A - Have I forgiven myself for not eating healthy and exercising as much as I should <BR> B - How will I feel when I reach my weigh loss goals. <BR> <BR> A - I continue to forgive myself each day. I love it when I wake up in the morning and remember that the day before I met my Spark goals. That is such a good feeling to start the day with. I find I am doing this more and more often. And wh... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 21:15:08 EST Tracking Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5230330 Hey Wonderful Sparks, <BR> <BR> Rain, rain, and more rain. But no snow and no tornadoes - Yeah. <BR> <BR> I'm hanging in there with my Lapband hypnosis which helps me remember to eat smaller portions, chew/chew/chew my food, put my fork down between bites, sip lots of water, get up and move with cardio and stg. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a blessed day. <BR> <BR> Linda <em>252</em> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 13:39:49 EST Tracking Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225667 Hey All, <BR> <BR> I'm so happy that my DD has joined me in my low carb eating. It helps so much to have a buddy. She lost 5 lbs. the first week, she said a lot of that was probably water, but still - a great job. <BR> <BR> I did the 4th session with the lap band hypnosis and have been doing good with it. I sat down this morning with my 2 egg omlet, 2 slices of bacon and could only eat half. Not even half. After about 4 bites, I just didn't want any more. <BR> <BR> Before the hypnosis... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 13:59:02 EST Beautifully Motivational 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5220370 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZF5bsJkp1EQ </link> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 15:38:41 EST Beautifully Motivational 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5220364 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=<BR>annotation_571655&feature=iv&src_vid=Z<BR>F5bsJkp1EQ&v=YSpZZ7iEWRY </link> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 15:34:22 EST Wonderful World http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5215700 Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> I just wanted to stop by and say I am so enjoying our BL Week 6 Challenge where we go around and send sunshine and sparkle to our team, other teams, and to our BL leaders. <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> I have already received some visits from team members and it just puts a big old smile on my face. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> There's a baby woodpecker in my pecan tree this morning, just working his little heart out for those bugs. <BR> <BR> And the sun is shining after ... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 14:40:34 EST tracking Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5213499 Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> My writing classes have started back in full force, so I won't blog every day about my lap band hypnosis. I will continue to track on my BL Lovely Lime Exercise thread. It keeps me honest. <BR> <BR> If the Team you belong to has not created an Exercise thread, you might ask for one. It is an easy way to keep yourself honest. <BR> <BR> The "lap band" is going great. I was able to post a 2 pound loss this week. This is great for me b/c I have no thyroid which mea... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 20:10:47 EST Linda Tracking Day 6-7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5211601 Hey All, <BR> <BR> So, here's how my Lap band hypnosis is going. I have not felt well for two days. Not the flu just listless. I had not slept well for 3 solid nights. All I wanted to do was sleep during the day. <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> Okay, I still tracked food, did bed exercises, drank my water - even extra. <em>418</em> <BR> <BR> For My BL Lime Team weigh in today I have a 2 lb. loss for the week. That's really good for me. My big thing is keeping the protein grams up. T... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 13:27:18 EST Linda Tracking Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5207729 I'm still hanging in there with the lapband hypnosis. I'm putting my food on a saucer and wind up eating only half of that. <BR> <BR> I'm chewing, chewing, chewing as someone suggested <BR> <BR> 780 cal. <BR> 30 stg. (that 100 i posted y'day was soooo wrong <em>198</em> ) <BR> 30 cardio <BR> 87 protein <BR> 64 oz water <BR> ? carbs <BR> <BR> This is great fun! <em>386</em> <BR> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 01:02:14 EST Linda Tracking Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5205896 1330 calories <BR> 97 protein <BR> 64oz water <BR> 60 cardio <BR> 100 stg <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 13 Jan 2013 23:11:44 EST Linda Tracking Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5204405 As part of my meeting my goal to stop binging, I was to start a daily count. I'm gonna do it with this blog. <BR> <BR> A Lovely Lime Team member has a lapband which fascinates me. Back in Spetember my DD and I went to AZ for a week of intensive study to learn to be hypnotherapist. We are working on our national certification now. <BR> <BR> I have had 3 hypnosis sessions to have the lapband "surgery" by hypnosis. there are 6 sessions in all. I had all 3 sessions back to back over 3 days... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 00:01:44 EST Binges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5193389 As part of my Lovely Lime Challenge for week 4, I visited the 14 Tips again. Today I like the one - Just show up. I agree with this. Sometimes it’s just enough to just show up at Spark, read some of the articles Play some of the games. Post my good and workout minutes. So, I’m doing more of this. <BR> <BR> For my article, I’m reading: Binges by IndyGirl. She says the very first bite begins the spiral to binge. It brings all the good feelings. She uses a warm cuddley blanket or hot bu... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 15:57:32 EST Happy New Year!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5177935 More New Year’s goal setting info I found on Spark. <BR> <BR> Happy New Year everyone, <BR> Linda <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> Common Pitfalls <em>198</em> <BR> All or nothing mentality leaving no room for slip ups <BR> Getting discouraged when progress is slow <BR> Setting goals too high <BR> Setting goals that require a major disruption in everyday life <BR> Not having long or medium term goals to work toward on the horizon <BR> Hesitating to share your goals with others <BR> <BR> S.M.A.... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 16:52:23 EST 7 Tips on How to Beat Those New Year’s Resolution Blues & Make Change Stick”. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5175223 Good morning Spark Friends, <BR> <BR> Today I subscribed to Dr. Joe Dispenza’s newsletter and got a free file, “7 Tips on How to Beat Those New Year’s Resolution Blues & Make Change Stick”. For those of you who do not know Joe, he was in THE SECRET. He teaches about rewiring the brain to change our behaviors. <BR> <BR> The steps he listed are not new to me. But just b/c they are not new, does not mean that I have been APPLYING them. That is the secret to me losing weight finally. APPL... Mon, 24 Dec 2012 13:50:16 EST BL NEW YR - NEW U Winter Challenge - Lovely Limes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5141570 Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> Do you see this Lovely Lime color of my Spark Page? Yes, I have been given the opportunity to work with Dawnwaterwoman and Shanshe as Co-Leaders of the Lovely Lime Team. <BR> <BR> I am more excited than I can say <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Di and Jo of the Sapphire Beauties Team where I have been for the past 2 years asked us to end the Fall Challenge by looking back to see how Spark has helped. <BR> <BR> It was a real eye opener: As for weight, I mostly did the ... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 13:15:07 EST How Did Spark Help me in 2012? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5113008 My Biggest Loser Sapphires Beauty Team Leader, Difromwyoming, asked our team to post if Spark helped in any way this year. <BR> <BR> The first thing that popoed into my head was - Walmart Birthday Cakes. <BR> <BR> My DD and I would shop the day old Bday cakes once a week. I'm not gonna describe how wonderful they are - just take my word for it. <BR> <BR> My Spark Team and Spark in general have helped me in lots of ways. And I will continue to explore this question. <BR> <BR> But right t... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 22:10:08 EST EMOTIONAL EATING http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5102553 Okay, I found out about Virtual Lap Band Surgery at Youtube. You can listen to the actual hypnosis. Several different ones. <BR> <BR> I even bought the MP3 from amazon for 99 cents. <BR> <BR> Excellent stuff. Makes me eat half the can of soup instead of the whole can, 5 crackers instead of the whole pkg. Eat half of the sandwich, save the other have for later. Working good. <BR> <BR> My Sapphire Beauties leader, Jo, is sharing how she is working outside. I go out and rake leaves, m... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 13:12:49 EST Bob Greene The Life You Want http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5079557 My Sapphire Team Leader, Difromwyoming has been reading Bob's book and written some blogs about it. <BR> <BR> I'm following along and would like to respond to the points she has mentioned so far. <BR> <BR> one/ NEGATIVE SELF TALK <BR> I'm pretty okay with this. I don't say that I'm lazy, fat, wicked. I know I'm overweight and I wish I had more stamina. I could do much better than I do, but I don't say things to others about it. I am trying to do a little more and a little more every d... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 13:00:04 EST wooooh is me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5056565 It's Like I am Lucy and Ethel. I don't know why I continue to do crazy things. <BR> <BR> Last week I booked a workshop in AZ on Fri. and was supposed to leave on Sunday. Made the flight and hotel arrangements. I was so excited. Paid my workshop fees. In a rush to quickly get packed. <BR> <BR> I called the hotel to confirm the reservation b/c I had made the arrangements with Priceline and I wanted to CONFIRM by phone. The lady made me aware that my dates didn't match, that my reservati... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 19:13:12 EST My BL Blue Sapphire Plan for Fall Leaves of Change 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5045598 This is my plan: <BR> <BR> *morning meditation <BR> *8 glasses of water each day <BR> *20 min on stat bike with hand weights- chart it <BR> *EFT tapping to change my old mental habits <BR> *Chart my food <BR> *Check in to Sapphires 3 x a week <BR> *FlyLady Fire Drills house cleaning 3 x a day <BR> *Stick to Low Carb <BR> *Minimal sugar/sweets <BR> *Ho'oponopono - pray for world peace daily <BR> *Quilting and Scrapbooking for C'mas gifts <BR> *Do something outside every day <BR> *In bed by el... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 13:21:45 EST BL LEAVES OF CHANGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5040192 OPENING CHALLENGE: <BR> <BR> LIST 5 THINGS THAT MIGHT BE HOLDING ME BACK FROM BEING HEALTHY: <BR> <BR> 1- Thyroid Disease is kicking my butt. My DIL was in hospital this week with pneumonia. Turns out her thyroid function was rock bottom and she was only using 40% of her heart and retaining tons of fluid. Turns out....all of this was thyroid related. <BR> <BR> Since I had thyroid cancer back in 2005, I've ignored just how important my thyroid is. I'm gonna read up on it and give my "la... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 15:49:05 EST Sapphire BL Fall Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5033663 I borrowed this from RONDINI2's page because it was too good to pass up. <BR> <BR> I was afraid enough ppl might not see it, so I wanted to give everyone another chance: <BR> <BR> &#9733;•.¸ <BR> ¸&#9734;´.•´ <BR> .•´&#10038;`*. <BR> *.*&#9733; <BR> . &#10038;•´ &#9734;´,•*´¨&#9733; <BR> ¸&#10038;.•´¸.•*´&#10038; <BR> &#9734;´¸.•&#9733;´ ¸.•`&#10038;* &#9734;´¸&#9733; <BR> &#9787;/.... People often say that this or that person <BR> /&#9612;...... has not yet found himself. But the self is <... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 19:48:38 EST SAPPHIRE BL SUMMER CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5026275 YEAH!!!! <BR> <BR> The earth didn't move, but the scale did. I'm out of the 70's and into the 60's, at one point i even saw the 50's but just barely. <BR> <BR> not having sweets in the house is my big thing. <BR> doing morning bed yoga helps me feel better all day <BR> doing yoga at the kitchen sink is amazing - kinda Sun Salutation <BR> riding my stat bike gives me such a good feeling of accomplishment -even 20 min. <BR> i epublished a book!!! getting ready this week to publish book 2!!... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 11:42:01 EST NEVER QUIT - SAPPHIRE BEAUTIES BLC MANTRA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5015420 Never Quit Pledge <BR> Tuesday, August 12, 2012 <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend,... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 16:49:05 EST Day 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4994892 Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> I've never been one to keep up with the days that I've STAYED ON MY PLAN b/c to me it meant DAYS I'VE BEEN PERFECT. <BR> <BR> well, who in the world is perfect? <BR> <BR> so, instead I'm counting them as DAYS I STAYED ON MY PLAN b/c my plan is to SHOW UP and DO THE BEST I CAN. <BR> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> as my friend says who is in AA, you don't shoot for perfection, you shoot for PROGRESS. and am I progressing? Yes!!! <BR> <BR> Some days I accomplish more of... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 14:21:07 EST