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I'm a big timer fan, and since my nap and afternoon coffee, have been alternating 10 min of productive activity (changing bed linens, cleaning kitchen, putting away laundry) with 10 min of reading or computer play (including Sparking). Will continue with application work as another activity, plus some exercise worked in. Helps keep my energy balanced.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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Thanks to my GGs co-leader for this link for yoga poses you can do in bed to prepare yourself for sleep: https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-2139
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Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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Looking for good PT type exercises:
Physical Therapy: Hand/Wrist Exercises www.toc.md/exercises_wristhand.htm
Physical Therapy: Shoulder Exercises www.toc.md/exercises_shoulder_.htm
Physical Therapy: Knee Exercises www.toc.md/exercises_knee2_.htm
5 exercises to improve hand mobility www.health.harvard.edu/pain/5-exerci
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s-to-improve-hand-mobility-and-reducR>e-pain

Exercises for Treating Carpal Tunnel www.healthline.com/health/carpal-tun
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l-wrist-exercises#Overview1

Thumb Exercises www.nmh.org/ccurl/275/700/thumb-exer
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ses-active.pdf


That last one is the one I really need for thumb pain--I was trying them, and could really feel it!

I tried to check out the website below, Amy, but it didn't work, so I found this, and am putting it in a link (using the Add a Link button) www.dailykos.com/story/2016/9/1/1565
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The quotes from the public reprimand are strong, and the other case referred to is even more horrific! I'd like to see what's happened on that one.

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Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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This page contains an article about a judge who was reprimanded for her treatment of a Domestic Violence Victim and for sentencing the abuser to only 16 days. it also includes a petition that Victims be protected while inside a court from harsh treatment by lawyers or judges.

http://m.dailykos.com/stories/2016/9/1/1
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I really loved the time I took Jiu Jitsu and am really hoping to get back into martial arts ($$ is a factor in private classes, but I am looking at getting into community classes) and I strongly encourage anyone to take classes.

http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp
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h_selfdefense_class_is_for_you

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. Henry David Thoreau


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7/24/16 10:01 P

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The 2nd article in the series, subtitled How to Keep Going When the Going Gets Tough
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
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rticles.asp?id=587

seems to apply more to my situation of wanting to shed the weight of my clutter.

His idea of a journal is a good one, especially the how you're feeling before [a workout/sorting session], during and after, in addition to content and quantity. As he says, reviewing your own words and experience about your accomplishments and progress can be more motivating than any expert's opinions or statistics.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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7/23/16 10:34 P

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Great article on the Start page today: Think You're Too Heavy to Exercise? - Part 1 www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
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I'm going to read all 3 parts and see what tips can apply to shedding clutter weight.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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7/21/16 12:51 A

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Nice. And hey, emoticon on reaching One-derland! emoticon accomplishment!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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7/15/16 1:22 A

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I found this Maya Angelou quote in her book Rainbow in the Cloud: "I believe that each of us comes from the Creator trailing wisps of glory."

Go for the Goal!


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I found this article helpful for those who are new to working out. The laundry tips were especially helpful!

http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp
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What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. Henry David Thoreau


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5/3/16 10:55 P

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From the Happily Ever Uncluttered website, an article Five Daily Tasks That Have a Noticeable Impact at Home: happilyeveruncluttered.com/five-dail
y-
tasks-that-have-a-noticeable-impact-R>at-home/?utm_content=buffer65adb&
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Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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From Clean Mama website, 5 REASONS TO DECLUTTER:

www.cleanmama.net/2015/01/5-reasons-
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clutter.html?utm_medium=social&uR>tm_campaign=postplanner&utm_sour
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I especially love the quote "Make this year different. Make small changes. Give yourself grace. Keep going."

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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If you struggle like I do with clutter, here is a great idea www.goodwill.org/blog/donate/how-to-
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ke-more-room-for-new-stuff/
where you can donate items to Goodwill with a free shipping label--like when you order online, use that box to let go of something you've been holding onto (some people call it the one in, one out rule).

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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And here was a nice article on the Start page today about ways to get ready for sleep:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes
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articles.asp?id=215

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Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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A emoticon on another team reported sleep issues, so I shared this:

Don't know if any of my nightly routines might help. (And no, I don't keep to them perfectly, but try to be pretty consistent, because they help me.) I sit in bed and try for a really short meditation session (usually more like 5 minutes than 10) of just breathing slowly while silently saying "in" as I inhale and "out" as I exhale. Then I set affirmations for sleep and waking as I tap on EFT points (I don't know if the tapping does anything, I'm sure you could try it without), something like "I will fall asleep easily and sleep deeply. As I sleep, my dreams will be pleasant and helpful. As I sleep my cells will renew, repair and rejuvenate themselves. (That's a Deepak Chopra thing.) I will wake up at the right time feeling well-rested and refreshed, filled with vibrant health and energy. I will feel confident and hopeful (and whatever else I want to affirm).

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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Really liked the 10 tips for starting a well-being program on today's Start page:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes
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articles.asp?id=269


Even if you've been at it for a while, the suggestions are good common sense, and us remember to gentle and realistic with ourselves.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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I generally don't drink enough water, though it's easier for me when it's hot. And given our 2-week long heat wave here in the Pacific Northwest, I've had a number of days of getting my 8 cups (and 5 Spark Points!) in. Some of you know I walk around the block in our business park during each of my 3 breaks during the work day. Even when it's been in the mid and upper 80s, and occasionally in the 90s, I'm out walking, and I've been taking my water bottle with me, drinking 1-2 cups during my 10-minute walk. I think it helps me stay cool (as does the periodic shade, and the blessings of Brother Breeze) and helps me reach my goal.

I don't generally like to drink beverages that are too cold, and rarely use ice, but I've taken to putting 2 or 3 ice cubes in a glass and filling with a 12-oz can of club soda. I find the bubbles refreshing, and 2 of those is 3 more cups of water!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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Really enjoyed the article featured on the start page today: 5 Things to Learn from Your Mistakes--especially the 5th point, "enjoy now."
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat
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n_articles.asp?id=1150&page=3


Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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I found a great article in one of our Wellness magazines at work "How we got the fat thing all wrong" and here is the link: www.cleaneatingmag.com/articles/how-
we
-got-the-fat-thing-all-wrong/
I *highly* recommend it!

--shows how the whole "stay away from fat" movement and dire health warnings were based on bad science, and the decades of "fat phobia" have produced frightening increases in obesity and diabetes.

--has a link to comparisons of The Best (and Worst) Cooking Oils for Healthy Fat--with some surprises, like canola and soybean oil aren't as healthy as many people think, and butter may be a lot healthier than you thought!

--addresses how much fat, what kind of fat, and What We Are (And Aren’t) Saying About Fat (clarification #3 in this final section: "I’m not saying that fat doesn’t have calories.")

Please read this important article, and pass it on to friends who may still be operating under the false assumptions we all took as gospel since the 1950s.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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10 ways to organize for fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motiva
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What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. Henry David Thoreau


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5 Ways to Relax: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes
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Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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I bought the Miracle Balls at Costco on a whim, didn't know if they'd work, but they were $15 or less. I've done the shoulder exercises and neck exercises & liked them--you just let your body weight sink into these small soft rubber balls while breathing. Very easy, and relieves stress and tension. The when I got that sudden, scary lower back pain at work yesterday, I tried the back exercise, and the pain was significantly reduced. Today at work I did very well, so did the exercises again tonight. I highly recommend them. Lots of places carry them--Costco, Amazon, Wal-Mart--I got lots of hits when I Googled them. Here is the creator's website:
www.elainepetrone.com/

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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Another great article on the theme of loving yourself: Boost Your Body Image
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes
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articles.asp?id=1760&page=3

loved this last paragraph:
The road to a healthy body image can be a long one, especially if you have been struggling with poor body image for years. However, by taking deliberate steps to stop the toxic negative self-talk, it is entirely possible to be content—even happy!—with the way you look, at any size. By surrounding yourself with positive thoughts, friends, and images, you'll be one step closer on the road to body bliss.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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Enjoyed a couple Spark articles last night:

Yoga Body Bliss (just 1 page & 5 points!) www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes
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articles.asp?id=646


and 5 Ways to Love Your Body
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes
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articles.asp?id=271&page=2

Loved this last paragraph:
"Diets, pills, quick-fixes, binging, not exercising, over-exercising, all these things disrespect one of the greatest gifts you have been given – your body! You only get one per lifetime, so give it the respect it deserves. You will not only feel better, but you just might become someone else’s role model!"

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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Here is the link to a Spark article "Bust Your Bad Mood with Exercise" that goes so far as to suggest what kinds of exercises may best help when you are feeling angry, bored, lonely, depressed or stressed.

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
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Edited by: BLESSEDBEING at: 1/19/2015 (20:14)
Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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Fun slide show of "Rejected Princesses who are too bad-ass for Disney" viralwomen.com/post/meet_rejected_pr
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ceses_they_were_too_badass_for_disney/1


Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Here's a wrist/forearm stretch which is good for those who spend a lot of time on the computer:
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Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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Here's a Spark article on chronic stress and how to reduce it:
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Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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Here's the link to an article about 14 things to do to organize and clean your home: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes
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Good ideas from fellow Sparkers!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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I posted this on another thread, but thought it was appropriate here, too:

One of the ideas I got from my therapist at the last session was to put together an "emergency kit" for when feelings get overwhelming, or I'm struggling or just out of balance. It could have a list of things that make me feel better--what to read or listen to, phone numbers to call, movies to watch, reminders to take a walk, do some stretches, favorite quotes, a special candle, a teddy bear--anything and everything that can help me self-sooth and get back to a place where I can better deal. I really like the planning ahead, and having tools I can turn to when I'm feeling needy.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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emoticon blog by our own Janice (A New Jan) about the French approach to eating. Quick and easy to read, with wonderful, life-affirming perspectives. I didn't even get to the second link, but highly recommend checking out the first one! www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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On another team, members were talking about holiday tasks they had completed, or still had to do, and I shared this:

I keep recommending to people that they only try to do what they can get done enjoyably, without stressing themselves out. You may not do everything each year, and can mix it up on where you'll spend your time, money and energy. We don't have to do it all. Because of finances, I cut way back on gifts this year, but I have my tree and sent cards with a letter, because I really like that part--and wearing the holiday jewelry and listening to music.

Wishing everyone a joyful next few days--whatever you do!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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If you struggle with organization and clutter like I do, here's a great short article, 10 reasons to clear clutter--and it's all about the benefits, with no "shoulding": www.mindbodygreen.com/0-11619/10-rea
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Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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emoticon I heard that tapping is also good for pain and dieting. I watched some videos and did it for a couple of days but forgot all about it. Thanks for the reminder!






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I'm not sure if this has been mentioned already (and if it has, I apologize), but I find something that helps me is EFT. My therapist uses it during our sessions and I find it has helped tremendously. Sometimes I feel bad after the sessions, but it's just due to dealing with the emotions, and it typically disappears the next day. Brad Yates has a series of videos on Youtube to tap along to. He's very positive and uses good affirmations and suggestions. Here's a link to his channel: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiHZMZejDS
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My therapist also recommended Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway and The Assertiveness Workbook. I like the latter. It's helping me to learn how to stand up for myself and get rid of the feeling that what I say is not important.

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Wonderful sharing, Gabby-- emoticon Chopra shares something similar--a study that showed the most important predictors of longevity were not physical--blood pressure, weight, diet or exercise--but emotional, like resilience. Our emotional & mental health are just as important as our physical health, as deserving of concern, nurturing and effort.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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Four Steps to a Positive Outlook
Did you know that pessimism has been linked to a higher risk of dying before age 65? On the other hand, expressing a positive, optimistic attitude is associated with a variety of health benefits: lowered production of the stress hormone cortisol, better immune function, and reduced risk of chronic diseases. If you are stressed-out or anxious - which can be either a cause or an effect of a pessimistic outlook - try the following:
1. Take care of yourself by eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly and getting adequate sleep.
2. Express your emotional reactions honestly so you can effectively deal with what's bothering you.
3. Confide in someone - your mate, a good friend or a trusted relative.
4. View the cup as half full instead of half empty.

Improve Your Well-Being

Making simple, conscious decisions about your everyday life can improve your physical and mental well-being. Following through on the right health and lifestyle resolutions doesn't have to be difficult, especially if you have a firm idea of areas you want to improve, and remember that small, gradual steps typically have better results than all-or-nothing approaches
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I was recently given a phone number to call if you're a veteran. They can help with any kind of crisis and provide in person counseling if needed also. I know there's more they can help with, so if in doubt, and you're a veteran, call them.

VA Crisis Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

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Fantastic blog on loving, not shaming, our bodies:
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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There are some great quotes and graphics along with it.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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This was my comment to a Spark Friend's blog which mentioned struggling with exercise:

I was struck by what you said about exercise--that it's hard for you to decide to do it, but once you do, you enjoy it & like the feeling of accomplishment. That could be an important key for you. Each morning before getting up, think about that internal experience of pride and happiness, of strength and accomplishment, and remind yourself you deserve to feel that today, and plan what you will do to make it happen. At night, savor the experience of accomplishing your goal and how it felt. Let yourself imagine doing it again tomorrow and how wonderful it will be.

You can do your planning & acknowledging at other times during the day as well. Compliment yourself often, plan little rewards for keeping your commitments to yourself, and share your successes with your 3Bs on our Success thread!
emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Here's her blog: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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Here's a wonderful blog that ends with this line: "How do you handle Adversity? Are you a Carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean? "

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emoticon Gabby for posting a link in our daily chat thread!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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Here's a Spark article on 21 ways to cut down on T Day calories. You don't have to do them all, but lots of good ideas, and recipe links!

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Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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I just read it and shared it on my other 2 teams. emoticon Gabby!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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here's a good article on diet and stress (and how to reduce it). I read Jon Gabriels book and it was very motivating.
www.hungryforchange.tv/article/visua
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The Chopra Center is starting a new 21-day meditation challenge on 11/5, Creating Abundance. I just registered. emoticon

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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Here is an inspiring blog by a dear Spark Friend on the lessons she has learned over the last year, in which she successfully moved from the mid-300s into Two-ville:
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Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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From our own Jineane in today's status:

JINLYNN Are the choices I make today helping me get closer to my goals or further away?

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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Here is an amazing blog by ~Indygirl:
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Hers is an amazing story. She's lost over 200 # so far and is disabled. She ends the blog (you may want to skim, it's very long) with an endorsement for taking it slow. It took her 2-3 years to lose the first 100 # and another 4-5 to lose the next 100, having plateaued for about a year after the first 100, as she reports.

This woman is the real deal, and author of many Most Popular Blogs, of which this is one.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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Ah, the gift of laughter! This sweet note came with an applause goodie, and made me smile:

Applause, applause, applause! Way to take charge of your weight loss and your improved health while inspiring everyone else! Enjoy your celebratory shopping. Many maintainence Blessings, Cyndy

Sorry about the spelling of maintainence, maybe when I get there I will learn how to spell it.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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Love this:

PLAYBLUES22 "If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place.."

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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