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7/14/09 11:34 P

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Irene,
It appears you followed through with your plan for the day. Keeping in mind how easy it is to fall into the trap of portion distortion weighing your food is always a good practice. You managed a great deal of activity today, and hydrated well which is always so important. Great Job!

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7/14/09 11:29 P

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Mimi,
Challenging ourselves helps maintain our motivation. Including a variety of fruits and vegetables is extremely important not only in helping to maintain our weight, but our health in general. Fruits, are easier, I agree as a stand alone. I personally have a weakness for cookbooks, and will often turn to my vegetarian "collection" for help in this area.

emoticon I appreciate your encouragement.

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7/14/09 11:23 P

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JACKSLAW,
You have taken positive steps today. Each step, regardless how small it may seem, will help you achieve your goals. "Never underestimate the small things" Each one is very important-celebrate it. emoticon You did it!

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7/14/09 11:18 P

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KeeKee,
You really didn't want to, but you did it anyway. Good for you! Remaining motivated to exercise is sometimes one of the most difficult aspects of our journey to health. The fact that you followed through-albeit reluctantly, demonstrates how motivated you really are! Great job!

Teresa






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7/14/09 11:15 P

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Dot,
The choices we make provide the direction we take. Beginning each day with a positive attitude will yield positive results. You make the choice to begin your day with a plan. This is one of your most valuable tools to help you achieve your goals. You provide inspiration and encouragement to us all. emoticon

Teresa






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7/14/09 11:04 P

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Nancy,
It is amazing you aren't in the pool with everyone! emoticon
You have an active morning planned! emoticon The emphasis you place on all of the guidelines-maintaining healthy balance is one asset which results in success. You provide an example for all of us.

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I appreciate the support and encouragement.

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HUNGRYWOMAN2's Photo HUNGRYWOMAN2 Posts: 10,997
7/14/09 10:58 P

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Sandi,
Beginning the day focused on your goals and creating a plan to achieve them will result in success. emoticon
emoticon emoticon Fruits and vegetables are vital to maintaining health. Choosing to focus on them as part of your daily plan, will benefit you in many ways.

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7/14/09 9:48 P

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Hi everyone.

I was OP today and even measured my portions.
I drank 10 glasses of water.
I did my two mile walk at the gym and some weight lifting.

I hope you all had a wonderful day.


Irene from Missouri

Any type of action always drives motivation.

"Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another." - John Dewey


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7/14/09 7:54 P

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Great Teresa - I'm looking forward to the addition as well. Thanks so much for all of your encouragement. You do a great job!



~Nancy

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PERSISTENCEMIMI Posts: 11,340
7/14/09 2:36 P

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Teresa
I'm looking forward to see the periodic thoughts, reminders, issues...etc... you'll add to the mini daily challnege.
THANK YOU!
IT SOUNDS WONDERFUL!!!

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I'm following our July challenge and will get 7-9 vegetables and fruits today.
The mind is so great! Put your mind into what you want to achieve and you can do it!!!
I can eat 7-9 servings of vegetables and fruits (MORE vegetables, of course) when I put my mind into it (I like eating fruits so much more than vegetqables).



I'll celebrate 10 years of maintenance on July 2nd, 2014!

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7/14/09 12:57 P

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OP today and even got in a few mins of exercise

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HUNGRYWOMAN2's Photo HUNGRYWOMAN2 Posts: 10,997
7/14/09 12:49 P

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Good morning to all!
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emoticon I just wanted to take a moment and congratulate each and every one on their determined efforts and sucess in obtaining and maintaining their goals. emoticon for sharing! Everyone is contributing so much and provides amazing support, encouragement and information for us all.

I thought I would take the opportunity to introduce a small change in the daily mini challenge beginning next week.THIS WILL IN NO WAY CHANGE OUR DAILY FORUM.
Periodically, an addtional thought, reminder, or issue will be presented for consideration that day. As we are all so aware, a healthy lifestyle includes all aspects of health-Physcial, emotional, and spiritual. You are encouraged to use whatever works and always focus on what is working(or not) in your plan. WW is so proactive concerning health.
Have a wonderful, healthy day! emoticon

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7/14/09 12:25 P

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Hi all

So far I am OP today. I am so happy bc I got up and went walking for 30 mins. I have been so lazy recently.

Have a good day!!!

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DOT121 Posts: 3,903
7/14/09 10:06 A

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Hi all,

I hope you all are doing good today.

Today I will stay O.P.
Today I will exercise.
Today I will be thankful for all I have.
Today I hope you all have a blessed day.

Dot

GOOD HEALTH & HAPPINESS TO YOU ALL, DOT

"THIS IS THE DAY THE LORD HAS MADE. LET US REJOICE AND BE GLAD".
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7/14/09 5:50 A

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I will be OP today. I am working on making sure to get in all my healthy guidelines. Yesterday I was short 1 dairy and an oil. Today I will focus on getting those in. I'm taking a bike ride this morning, then coming home to work in the garden. After that, I'm going with my granddaughters to their swimming lessons (as a spectator).

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7/14/09 4:25 A

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I will be on plan, make healthy food choices, get some activity in after work today! I will eat between 7-9 fruits and veggies, easy for me, I love them!!!!!!!!

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7/13/09 10:29 P

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Persistence! Not Perfection!

Good morning everyone!

Welcome to our team's Chat Cafe.
We invite you to sit back, relax and enjoy chatting with us.
We are passionate about health and about living a healthy lifestyle!
The Outcome? We are losing the weight and keeping it off for a lifetime - ONE DAY AT A TIME!

ON PLAN/MOVE JUST FOR TODAY! emoticon

Please join our one day mini challenge anytime, following your own plan.

ONE DAY AT A TIME!
WE CAN DO IT! emoticon

Let's celebrate being "ON PLAN/MOVE" just for TODAY! emoticon

emoticon For accountability, please post your daily/weekly exercise/moving activities.


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Yesterday is history,
Tomorrow is a mystery,
Today is a gift.
That's why it is called the "present".



Not on plan just for today?
Tomorrow is a new fresh day.
Congratulations on starting over.
Forget, forgive and move on!

Evaluate what caused you to slip, the situation, and where it might have occurred.
See that you can learn from your slip.

REMEMBER!!!
Slips should teach you, not defeat you!


Accept that sometimes itís going to suck. Despite your best intentions, there will be days when you fall into a bag of crisps. But long-term success is about persistence, not perfection. Itís picking yourself up when you fall, over and over again.
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Cinderella is proof that a new pair of shoes can change your life!

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One Day at a Time

Whatever the goal we're pursuing,
no matter how rugged the climb,
we're certain to get there
by trying our best,
and taking One Day At A Time.

"Forever" is hard to imagine,
"the future" may seem far away-
but every new dawn
brings a wonderful chance
to do what we can on that day.

-Emily Matthews

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START OVER

If you've started out in pursuit of your goal
And you've really tried with your heart and your soul,
but somehow things got out of control---
START OVER.

When you've tried your best to do what you should
And you thought this time that you surely would,
But once again, you didn't do good---
START OVER.

When you've worked so hard to follow a dieters way
And you fought to win a victory each day.
But one more time you went astray---
START OVER.

When you've tried so hard to yourself to be true
And do the things that you know you should do,
But once again you failed to come through---
START OVER.

When the road to success seemed much too long
And each temptation was oh so strong
And once again you gave in to wrong---
START OVER.

When you've told your friends what you planned to do
And trusted them to help you through
But soon discovered it's up to you---
START OVER.

When you know you must be physically fit,
But your hope seems gone and you're stuck in a pit
That's not the time for you to quit---
START OVER.

When the week seems long and successes few
And at weigh-in time you're feeling blue,
Remember tomorrow is just for you---
START OVER.

To start again means a victory's been won
And starting over again means a race well run
And starting over again proves it can be done
So don't just sit there---
START OVER

~~ Author Unknown ~~


After winter comes the summer.
After night comes the dawn.
And after every storm, there comes clear, open skies.
~ Samuel Rutherford ~
(1600-1661, Scottish Pastor)



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emoticon I saw the "NECKLACE (CHAIN) GAME" somewhere and I liked it.

I thought you might like it too.

You can make your own beautiful necklace (or a chain) by being OP (On Plan), using the emoticons provided here on SP.

*** You can also play this game for one week at a time (or month...etc...) and build a new necklace every week if you wish (or a month...etc...)

*** Please feel free to make adjustments and changes to the "NECLACE GAME" as you wish.

Congratulations on being On Plan, and if not, congratulations on starting over!

NOTE!
Please read Rule # 3 below. It's an excellent motivating rule to stick to your Necklace game, which means: sticking with your weight-loss journey.


INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE GAME

1. For every day you are ON PLAN (OP) you put in your necklace (chain ) the letter D ( for a DAY). So, if you are OP for 4 days in a row, your necklace looks like that: D - D - D - D

It's nicer to use the "EMOTICONS"
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2. Once you are OP for 7 days, you change it to W ( For a week) .
Example: If I'm OP for 19 days, my necklace ( or chain) looks like that: W - W - D - D - D - D - D
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If you prefer to wear a longer necklace, you can WEAR it this way too:( instead of a W for a week, put 7 "D"'S, like this: D - D - D - D - D - D - D-

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3. If you are FULL MONTH OP, It becomes M ( For a MONTH). So, if you are OP 49 days in a row, ( on a 31 days a month),your necklace will look like that: M - W - W - D - D - D - D
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RULES OF THE GAME .

1. It's a challenge for yourself , NOT A COMPETITION WITH OTHERS.

2. The first day you BREAK the necklace (chain), you start playing the game all over again , (only if you have used already all of your extra 3500 calories for the month : See Rule # 3), and build your necklace ( chain ) once more from the beginning.

3. RULE # 3 IS VERY IMPORTANT .
PLEASE READ IT !
IT IS A GOOD RULE TO HELP YOU STICK TO THE NECKLACE- GAME .
In order to learn NOT to be perfect, and in order To BE realistic,( we will always have days we are not OP) , YOU MAY HAVE ( if you choose to) UP TO 3500 EXTRA CALORIES each MONTH IN ADDITION TO YOUR regular diet.
You can still CONTINUE to built your necklace(chain)!

The idea here is that the extra 3500 calories amount only to 1 pound gain in one month period, while an average of 2-4 pounds loss per month is VERY reasonable with being OP.
You will still be AHEAD OF THE GAME at the end of each month if you need to add up to extra 3500 calories in a month, providing you are otherwise OP.

The second idea is that once you've built a large chain,( many days OP), you want to keep going building the chain,( rather than break it and start all the way from the beginning again), and rule # 3 allows you to do that , WHILE YOU CONTINUE TO LOSE WEIGHT.
4. Keep your own records.
THAT INCLUDES ALSO KEEPING RECORDS OF THE OPTION TO USE UP TO 3500 calories EACH MONTH. ( when we go off plan).
5. Post your NECKLACE (chain) every day.

I hope you enjoy the game.


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You may also choose to participate in our mini challenge JUST FOR TODAY.

Consider altering your exercise program in some way. Doesn't need to be drastic small differences count. JUST FOR TODAY




Teresa






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