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10/2/11 12:12 A

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I don't celebrate Haloween but, some of my family does. I buy some candy and fruits for the house because they do come over and I want to have something for the children.

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10/1/11 11:34 P

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Children still "trick or treat" here in our little village. As I know many, I will buy some candy to hand out on the occasion. In earlier years, I always bought our personal favorites, like Butterfingers and Baby Ruth Bars, so we could pig out on any leftovers. I will buy few of those this year. Instead, I plan to buy less Halloween specific hard candy, which keeps well and that can be donated to our "Mrs. Santa" program for use in the bags of goodies she hands out to local children in early December.

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10/1/11 6:07 A

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I do not celebrate Halloween. BUT while in the States in August I bought one medium sack of Candy Corn thinking that I would open it sometime when I had guests in the house. Well.... you know how that goes. My guests never did get to taste my Candy Corn. It's all gone. I must say though that I did not eat it all at one sitting. I spread it over many days. Now it's gone and there is no more Halloween candy even to be bought here on the Equator!



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Each month I will raise a new discussion subject in the e-magazine, and enter it in the same thread.

This month the discussion thread focuses on Halloween!!

Do you celebrate Halloween? If so what do you do?
Are you planning ahead for Halloween- ? If so- how?
What ways are you hoping to cope with the inevitable temptation ?


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I too have questioned the whys and wherefores of people not participating. If the answer surfaces I am anxious to see it.

For me, I tend to get inundated with many things and suddenly it is the end of the day and I've no more time to take action. I know for me, it is somewhat of a problem because I have a lot of responsibilities to the teams I lead, as well as the teams I participate in.

The solution? Easy....just need a few extra hours per day. LOL emoticon

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IT MAY HELP TO BE LESS RESTRICTIVE as to where we may comment on things that have been shared. To me, it is more natural to comment on the same thread where I read about the thing I'm commenting on, rather than to go to some other place to comment. I usually just don't comment in that case. As to challenges, most days I feel challenged enough by life as I live it. I just don't like them, and seldom participate. That's just me, I suppose. I know others do sometimes find them motivating. As for me, I do as much exercise as I can manage, in what ever form I'm up to at the time, and am trying to make more healthy eating choices as well, and that will have to do.

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The discussion this month is on Participation.
Very few members actually participate in the team in any way despite the fact that it has been proved that people who participate in threads and challenges lose more weight than those who dont.. Its very much a case of the more you put in the more you get out!!
Why are people so hesitant to participate in threads?
Is there any way that we as leaders could get more people to participate in the threads?


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For me the why has to do with maintaining independence, being able to take care of myself, to get out and adventure on my own without having to wait on the convenience of others. I don't like having to ask for help. It has been a long road for me, but I am more independent now, a stronger, more confident person than I once was, since I began regular exercise and eating more healthily. Tiny changes, little efforts, over time add up to big changes.

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Why? Because arthritis is eating me alive and stealing my life. Weighing less won't cure it but less weight means less stress on my joints. I want to do what I love...gardening, walking, exploring!

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Why?

Because my mobility challenges are greater each week and this puts me on a track of MOVING that otherwise wouldn't happen.

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August discusion topic

This month the discussion thread focuses on - Motivation
Motivation - I read a great blog yesterday - that set me thinking about my motivation -
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She says - its not the WHAT but rather the WHY that keeps us motivated!!

What do you think??
What is your "WHY"?


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Thanks for the GREAT breakfasts. Loved the cranberry muesli and the breakfast taco.

Good idea to take a look at this site's recipe nutrition standards. Very informative and reassuring.

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Getting the day off to a good Start.

Check out these lovely breakfast recipes they will keep you fuller longer.
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Thanks Vicky will check that out!!

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Want to lose weight? Choose the mindfull eating technique. Get the raisins out...ready, set, go!

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This month the discussion thread focuses on Weight loss!!
Have you set a date to lose weight by?
How will you feel if you dont achieve this?
Do you get frustrated when the scales dont move??
Do you take notice of the other signs that you are doing the right thing??
Could YOU do more to help your loss?? If so what? Why dont you??


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I have had Balance problems when I have had back issues. Had surgery 15 years ago and two months ago. Part of the reason I joined this team was to keep exercising even when I could not stand long enough to exercise.

I still have balance problems and list to the left like a car with two flat tires when I get tired. I have purchased the Skecher shape ups which help immensely - just need a pair to wear to work. I did not get them to get a better body but my physical therapist (PT) said she could actually see my body realigining with these shoes. They take time to get used to if you are going to try them but definitely worth the money.

Are my balance problems do to overweight - this is not so easy for me to answer. Some of my back issues are weight related and some are just due to years of normal abuse and being in car accidents.

I have been strength training for quite a while but have had to restart all my programs due to surgery. I recommended this team to my PT and she thinks it is wonderful!! She did chair dancing at a seminar and loved it, fun and a wonderful work out she said!


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you're on the money there Ann. Now if I can just make that a part of my personal journey I'll really be on the right path. I suspect that we all work through a lot of past "crap" (abuse) and that eventually we can walk through it. Sometimes it takes longer than others but I believe that we do overcome if we are driven to do so. I know that I am determined! Learning to love myself as I am has been a difficult task but it gets easier all the time. You help with that, I might add. Your friendship & encouragement means more to me than you will ever know. emoticon

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I think that by feeling that we are not good enough we are setting ourself up for failure -I feel that is part of the SPARKPEOPLE principal - to learn to accept ourselves as we are - to learn to love ourselves!!
This does not mean we can't try to better ourselves, we shpuld always strive for our best - and try to push that bit further - bur we should also accept that in life perfection is not going tpo happen - and be content knowing that we are doing the best WE can at that moment in time - without fear of failure and without comparason to others!! WE are ourselves!!
Whether that applies to exercise, food we eat, balancing the budget or anything and everything else, as long as we KNOW with certainty that we have done our best then we should be content!!

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Do you have or have you had any problems related to balance?

It would take me all night to write about my problems related to balance. I have a hard time doing anything in moderation. For 1, I could be addicted to dirt! I'm an emotional eater and when I am stressed out, I am truly out of control. When I stopped drinking (thanks to AA) 23 years ago, I weighed less than 200 pounds. When I finally realized that I had pretty much just switched addictions, I had reached the all time high of 450 pounds. I have been on every diet and fad there is. I have been up and down the scale over and over. I can't tell you how many pounds that I have lost in all. What I like best about SPARK PEOPLE is that this is NOT about dieting. Just getting on a healthy food plan and program of eating & exercising. It's all about BALANCE and I am praying that I reach that. Most of the time I feel like I'm just flying by the seat of my pants. Too stressed out and too freaked out about NOT being good enough or not having enough time or money to do all that I need to do.

Do you think it is connected with being overweight??

Absolutely.

Do you do strength training already if not will you start it as a result of reading this E-Magazine?

I already do strength training BUT, I am going to revamp my program and try to add more to it in order to get things moving. I am excited to make this summer matter!

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I also felt the same as you all do..
For many years I was bed bound, with Heart problems , Severe Asthma, Osteoarthritis, and a Weight of 145 kilos.
I was hospitalised quite regularly because of the Asthma and Heart ..
The Doctors couldn't regulate my heart, I was to ill to risk a operation or to install a pacemaker .
a new company opened up in the city and I joined this exercise idea Body Profiles ... I was able to get down to 118 kilos ... and to be able to move!!
Then I found Sparks and the rest of my life began.
my Doctor was very Sceptica.....l he was worried I might injure myself more.
But now he thinks it is amazing that I am able to do so much..
When I first started I would be crying with the pain ... now I am crying with joy !
I still use my Resistance Bands every morning .. I also do the Chair Yoga and Chair Dancing then I am ready for anything!
I do Gym and the Pool three times a week .. and in between I walk my dog, or even get on my Tready if it is wet outside or too cold ..
but Most of all I move!!
Your Body will tell you when you can attempt something new or work harder .. and above all learn to love yourself, for who you are and what you can do ......



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Its interesting that I felt the same as you once upon a time!! I was sure my joints (particularly my hips, knees and ankles where I have severe osteoarthitis) would give even more pain with working them - doing exercises. I too have found that by strengthening the muscles round damaged joints and moving more I get freedom from pain rather than increasing the pain. My Doctor even keeps saying "you can't do that" - but I do and can!!
I was also a bit afraid that I would end up with huge muscles - a contender for Grandmother weight Lifter!! But its not the case - all I have is actual muscle where the fat has gone from!!
I started doing exercises with no weights, staggering through one at a time - maybe doing 3 or 4 reps!! I now go to Curves - doing all except one of their machines (the squat - that really upsets my knees at present) and can do 2 circuits with no bad effects!! Last week I started the leg press - we were sure that would give trouble - but no!! I breezed through the reps!!
Resistance bands are a great way to increase resistance for both legs and upper body, and dumbbells are great - but always start with no weight - get the "hang of " the exercise and then start introducing light weights and gradually increase both resistance and reps!!
Feel your body - it will tell you when to increase!!

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I do have balance problems. I have "trick" knees that can "go out" without warning, and permanently stiff ankles that cannot adjust to uneven terrain as others do, also less flexible cartilege all over, so such adjusting as I can do is done more slowly, perhaps too slowly in a falling situation. As with all my fitness issues, this one is exacerbated by my being overweight. I have recently begun strength training. I used to think I could never do that, because of heavy weights straining my joints, maybe slipping out of my poor grip, and lots of reps damaging joints, but Spark has shown me that even light weights can help, and that building supporting muscle can actually protect my damaged joints, and the reps properly done can loosen and lubricate them. I found a small dumbbell pair made for carrying while walk/running. They have a hand strap which secures my grip. I've used them for several weeks and feel they have helped. Last week I bought a slightly heavier pair, which I use a couple times each week, just on exercises where gravity helps secure my grip or 2 hands grasp the single dumbbell. I have been using the elliptical trainer 10 minutes at a time. I am doing lower body exercises, too, without weights or resistance as yet, but I hope to get resistance bands as I improve. I do several in chair leg lifts and extensions, plus several standing exercises, for which I use my sink edge, or, more usually, the guide rails on the treadmills at our clinic, for support when I lose my balance, which still happens a lot. Thank you for bringing up this topic. It is the main reason I began using a cane, and later my rolling walker, when I realized I could not get myself up once downed. Very relevant. emoticon

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This month (June) the discussion thread focuses on Balance:
Do you have or have you had any problems related to balance?
Do you think it is connected with being overweight??
Do you do strength training already if not will you start it as a result of reading this E-Magazine?


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Getting more sleep is a serious priority for me right now. I believe with all my heart that I got so sick a couple weeks ago because I was badly sleep deprived. In the past I have averaged about 4 hours of INTERRUPTED sleep a night. I sleep fitfully & get up to visit the bathroom about every hour to an hour in a half. I have always suffered from insomnia & night terrors/nightmares since childhood. Some of that is from past abuse but more than anything it's a combination of too much stress and TOO MUCH DAWN. I tend to just keep pushing myself to do more and more... there are not enough hours in the day and I try to make more of them. In April I left several Spark Teams in an effort to cut back. Frankly, I should leave some more but my heart is with them & I just can't make myself do it. The one thing that getting very sick did was it PUT ME IN BED. I slept hard for several days.. getting up only to visit the bathroom. After that I was left EXHAUSTED. I have found that I MUST take a nap every afternoon since being ill. On top of that I have been MAKING myself turn off the computer and the TV no later than 11pm... turning off the lights and laying down. I admit that a couple of days I have resorted to a sleep aid (tylenol PM) but I am forcing myself to SLEEP. I have felt better and am finding that I have a lot more energy.

Last night I FAILED... my family was just home from a vacation and we stayed up late visiting and then watching a movie as a family. Then I came in my room and was so wound up from some of the news (they are going to move in June... WOOHOO) that I could not even think about sleep so I stayed up catching up on Spark stuff that had been set aside for too long AND watching tv. Eventually (3am.. ) I lay down and turned off everything. I DID however, sleep late and didn't get up until about 10am so I got about 7 hours of sleep with only 2 visits to the bathroom. I have stopped drinking TEA before bedtime. That is helping.

Thanks for this discussion sight. I am going to use it! Love the newsletter/ magazine and all the information about sleep. It's very helpful and I am going to read all the articles!

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I am finding that I am sleeping better if I make sure all my exercise is done in the morning...
exercising before bed, tends to rev me up .
I usually read a little before bed, and that also seems to wind me down.
I have also darkened my bedroom down with thicker curtains .
There was too much light coming in, due to a steet lamp just across the road.
I am averaging 9 hours of sleep per night and this is broken by a need to go to the loo,about half way through.

I am a lot less stressed about weight issues ... I tend to go by the fit of my clothes rather than weight -loss ... although I do still weigh once a week .. just to make sure I am getting enough calories. I have found that if I restrict my calories, I do not lose weight!
My weight loss is definitely causing me re-assess my priorities, I am so much more confident, and instead of avoiding old friends, I am making an effort to keep in touch!



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4/23/11 1:42 A

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Discussion subject for May

This month the discussion thread focuses on Sleep!!
Is your weight-loss journey causing you to re-assess the priorities in your life?
Are you finding that, as you become more mobile and lose more weight your priorities are changing, and you are becoming less stressed??
If you are not beginning to re-assess your priorities are you in fact, creating the stresses yourself by pressuring yourself??
How many hours sleep do you average each night? What methods do you use to relax you before you go to bed??


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I shouldn't have to much of a problem around Easter ...
I have just survived a three week visit by my Daughter and my Grand Daughter
Both are sweetie lovers and also chocoholics .
I managed to avoid the mine field by having my own favorite 99% Cocoa Dark Chocolate to hand !
I am finding as I enter my third year with Sparkpeople .. that I can pretty much control my eating of anything that is a no no !!
I have learned to not deny myself of anything I desire ... I just have a smaller portion and am satisfied with that!
I never allow myself to feel hunger !...
I prefer to have little snacks every few hours rather then huge meals three times a day. This has really worked for me !!.
But we are all differant.... and as such... have to find what suits us as a individual
Enjoy your day!
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Each month I shall post a discussion topic in Chair Treasures and this thread is dedicated to that subject!! The subject for April is:
This month the discussion thread focuses on strategies to combat temptation!!
What strategies will you use to combat temptation throughout the month and especially at Easter?


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