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3/24/11 3:50 P

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Mimi,
Doing things we really don't enjoy is part of change. Remaining consistent and establishing a new habit takes time and dedication. You have your goals, vision, and priorities established. You know what it takes. Even though activity isn't something you enjoy now (personally it took me two years before I stopped detesting it) you do it anyway. emoticon
I hope eventually you will experience the good feelings which result and provide the drive and motivation to do it. Someday you will find the perfect activity. emoticon
Have a wonderful day!

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3/24/11 3:43 P

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Nancy,
It appears you made the correct decision on your plan. As they say "if it isn't broke why fix it?".
Great results in such a short period of time! emoticon It has always been my personal opinion that the active lifestyle you lead makes a tremendous difference. You have put in a great deal of planned activity, and you plan your routines in advance which can make it fit into your regular daily activities. emoticon It is wise of you to be mindful of your tendon. I fear I learned my lesson a bit late. I experienced a long-term injury, and braced it when active. This included basics such as cleaning or anything which would result in having to stand on my toes or bend or flex. I weaned myself away so I wouldn't atrrophy, but I suppose I am in a form of denial since it will cause problems periodically. As usual, I need to heed your wisdom and insight.
I have learned much from you. emoticon
Have a wonderful day!

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3/24/11 3:31 P

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Sandi,
I appreciate your kind words. emoticon
A am glad you have found the bread you have been seeking. I hope you enjoy it!
I cannot agree with you more. The benefits of good nutrition make a tremendous difference in our general well-being-and yes, sometimes it takes a little detour to highlight the difference.
I am glad you are having a good day! emoticon
Enjoy!

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3/24/11 12:26 P

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Mimi,
Thanks for your encouragement. Today, was:

30 minutes on the treadmill and then 60 minutes fitness class. I feel so energized today.

Enjoy your day everyone! hugs, Ei

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PERSISTENCEMIMI Posts: 11,277
3/24/11 8:41 A

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Good morning everyone


Nancy
Grandchildren # 8 !!! That' so wonderful.
I'm glad you go with the plan that you know well and works for you.
On the new plan, fruit is 0 points. That is probably to encourage members to choose fruit over candy bars and foods full of sugar and carbs.
Carbs and protein are also new in the calculation of points, but I do'nt think you had any problems eating the wrong carbs. You're eating so healthy. That's is why staying on the old plan that works for you is great, because you already eat very healthy and you understand well what foods to choose.

Yes! Teresa writes precicely to the point and with great care and advice. I also look forward to read Teresa's words of wisdom and great encouragement to everyone. She is talented!

Sandy
It feels great to eat healthy, and mostly to take care of ourselves first! And you do it! Wonderful! Keep up doing it, one day at a time. You're full of life and so positive and that will help you reaching all your goals.

EI
Your consistency and determination to succeed, this time around is so obvious. You'll reach goal this time around!!! and you'll stay at maintenance too.

I have a busy day today but I'll exercise too. I'm so good in finding so many excuses why I can't exercise today...... smile... but I'll! (sigh...)

Enjoy your day


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3/24/11 6:26 A

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This has been a good week for me. Going back to the old plan was the right decision for me at least for now. I'm down 2.5 lbs since Sunday morning when I began.

I am OP today. I did half an hour on the elliptical, 3 miles on the "dreadmill' and strength training yesterday. Today I will do the elliptical and rest my tendon, which gets tender if I run on it too much.

Sandi, I know exactly what you mean about feeling so great! I'm so glad you are doing well. Keep up the good work.

Teresa, you have such a gift with words and know how to encourage us. I always look forward to your posts.

~Nancy



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3/24/11 5:23 A

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Irishei......wishing you well and a speedy recovery from your knee surgery!!! You will back to exercising before you know it! emoticon

Nancy, so nice to see you! Congrats on grandchild #8! Little Annabelle, so tiny and such a little fighter! They say that baby girls are real fighters. I am so glad she is home and healthy! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Mimi...I do have a Trader Joes near me and I will take your advice and try those breads! emoticon

Teresa...thank you for your kind and caring words, you kepp me motivated! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I am loving the results I am seeing on the scale but BIGGER than that I am loving how I am already feeling! You don't realize how bad you feel eating unhealthy food until you get on track and focus on eating healthy again! It is a great feeling. I will be on plan today and working towards my goals!!! emoticon

Have a great day everyone!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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3/23/11 11:11 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!

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

ONE DAY AT A TIME!
WE CAN DO IT!

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

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





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.



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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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"

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



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-



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



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








Teresa






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