LINDAINALABAMA's SparkPeople Blog LINDAINALABAMA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Star Gate Note to My Future Self Star Gate Note to my Future Self <BR> <BR> I began gaining weight when I lived off the air force base in Japan. It was winter and cold so I stayed in a lot. My world was built around food. We discovered the BEST Japanese “restaurant” – aka – hole in the wall, where they made something that was from Heaven with chicken, rice and sauce. We had it 2-3 times per week. And to really celebrate, we had a large ice cream sundae on base. Then I found a great job and sat all day. When I came back to ... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 12:05:51 EST My Beck Diet Solutions 12 - 23 I'm recording these solutions into a blog so I can always come back to them. The Beck Diet Solutions is not ANOTHER DIET. It's a list of solutions to help keep you on track while you are dieting and maintaining. Some very helpful 'stuff' here. Enjoy! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Beck Day 12 - 23 Living Binge Free spark Team <BR> <BR> Day 12: Plan a day to skip lunch to practice tolerating hunger <BR> <BR> Day 13: Overcome Cravings <BR> 1) write down how long it lasts; 2) rate how unc... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:47:46 EST Linda's Beck Diet Solution Day 8 - 11 These are my plans for Beck Diet Solution Days 8 - 11. <BR> <BR> Day 8 of the Beck Diet Solution: <BR> *make a schedule <BR> *make a menu <BR> *add exercise to your schedule <BR> *add 3 - 15 minutes of cleaning <BR> *add my writing groups/classes <BR> *add my meditation <BR> *block in time for tv <BR> *add outdoor time <BR> <BR> Day 9 <BR> * Get moving <BR> * I’ll dance while I clean <BR> * time on the glider <BR> *alternate with time on stat bike <BR> *a.m. bed yoga <BR> *wall pushups <BR... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 22:11:02 EST Linda's Spark the Season Photo Challenge Spark the Season Photo A Day: <BR> <BR> <BR> 13 - someone I love - my 3 children and 3 grandchildren and 4 dogs and sister Deb. <BR> <BR> 14 - Relaxation - I wasn’t sick but stayed in the bed A LOT for two days and woke up so rested. I need to do this more often. I think b/c I’m retired that I don’t get tired, but evidentially I do. <BR> <BR> 15 - memories - at my g’dau jazz band concert tonight I was brought back to the Christmas carol program my elementary school in Atlanta used to pu... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 23:45:53 EST Linda's Season Photo Challenge Best Part of the Season Challenge: <BR> <BR> Day 7 - Best Part of the Day <BR> Sitting with my new gas heaters, the room all cozy, and write on my novel. <BR> <BR> Day 8 - Best Part of Winter <BR> Wrapping up warm and walking the dogs to the mailbox <BR> <BR> Day 9 - Best Snack - <BR> Lindt Dark Cocoa <BR> <BR> Day 10 - Best Home - <BR> Everything running smoothly. No conflicts, plenty of rest. <BR> <BR> Day 11 - Breakfast <BR> Ham and Cheese omlet at Huddle House <BR> <BR> Day 12 - C... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:31:28 EST Linda's Holiday Blog Hey Spark Gang, <BR> <BR> Here is what I have done the first six days of the Holiday Blog... <BR> <BR> 1 - Lights - got my little pre-lit Christmas tree out of its box and going to set it up by the tv so I can see it. <BR> <BR> 2 - Tradition - I have not sent out C'mas cards for two years but I am doing it this year. <BR> <BR> 3 - Morning - I need to download some C'mas music to use during my morning bed yoga. I'll add this to my TO DO LIST in #6 below. ha <BR> <BR> 4. Winter beauty ... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 14:28:58 EST INTENTIONS Hey Sapphire Gang, <BR> <BR> I have written on a sticky note INTENTIONS CREATE OUTCOMES. <BR> <BR> And here all this time I thought I had great INTENTIONS. <BR> <BR> When I must not have or I would be healthier than I am. I'd be out of the OBESE range. And I'd exercise 20 min. a day. <BR> <BR> So, then, what have my INTENTIONS been? To sit in my recliner from dawn to dusk. <BR> To eat as many Little Debbies cakes as I want. To let clothes hang on both pieces of exercise equipment. <BR> ... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 14:37:24 EST Best Exercises for Seniors 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 Hey Spark Friends, <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> I’m taking a writing class at 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 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 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><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 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 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 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 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 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 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? 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 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: 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 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 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 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 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 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> nnotation_id=a... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 15:52:39 EST BL Sapphire Team Sun=Sational Summer Challenge 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 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 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. 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<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 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 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 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 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 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 <link> </link> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 15:38:41 EST Beautifully Motivational 1 <link><BR>annotation_571655&feature=iv&src_vid=Z<BR>F5bsJkp1EQ&v=YSpZZ7iEWRY </link> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 15:34:22 EST Wonderful World 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 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 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 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 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 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 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!!! 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”. 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 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? 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 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 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