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4/12/13 12:53 A

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I usually look at the article featured in the side bar on the points/login page. Of course I may be rereading an article so no new points. I also usually looks at the offerings on the start page and ones suggested by others in the groups I belong to at Spark People. Like many here I have several articles on my list for easy access in "My Spark Favorites". What you need to help you through one day may not be the best aid on another so variety is good.

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4/11/13 4:47 P

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I read an article about 3 negative thoughts to avoid
one hit me it was oh I blew my diet so you continue eating and say you'll start again tomorrow

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!! whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life!!!
LEADER-PARTNERSHIP ACCOUNTABILITY TO THE FINISH LINE.
CO-LEADER SHINING FOR JESUS
CO-LEADER GOD ANSWERS PRAYERS
C0-LEADER GODS AMAZING GRACE
CO-LEADER CHRISTIANS WITH 100 POUNDS TO LOSE
CO-LEADER GOD WORKS AMOUNG US


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4/11/13 3:34 P

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I read an article on how to lower sodium in our diets

Watch me closely, Lord. I'm hungry, and I'm weak.



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4/11/13 2:56 P

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I read "Manage Yourself in No Time." I hope to use some of the ideas in this article to accomplish more things in my day. I mess around too much and get distracted. I already do a running to-do list and stock up. Waiting on others or for something to happen slows me down as well as the perfection (if I can't do the whole thing why start). I will make a conscious effort to get going and squeeze things in as I can.

"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new." -Socrates


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4/11/13 2:26 P

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I read "The Importance of Systems in Achieving Goals". I have created two systems for my SparkPeople goals so far. The first one was a routine for the last hour before my bedtime in order to reach my goal of 7 hours of sleep 5 times a week. It mostly works. The second system is that I have put 3 weekly goals on my board above my computer. I will change them every week so they don't fade into something that I don't see anymore, but keep them in front of me on that whiteboard. I just started that one.

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4/11/13 1:48 P

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RYNKWERL26,
Thanks for your review of 'The 10% Solution.' It sounds like that might help me. I'm going to read it.

Achieve success in any area of life by identifying the optimum strategies and repeating them until they become habit - Charles Givens


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4/11/13 1:32 P

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emoticon RYNKWERL. Very wise to set a more realistic - doable goal and keep going step by step. Good luck!

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4/11/13 12:33 P

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I read The 10% Solution. This article suggests having a weight loss goal of 10%, because it is a sufficient amount to start seeing results, and is less intimidating .
When I started my Spark People account last August, and entered all my information, it told me I need to loose 50 lbs. Here I am in April nowhere near that goal. I think 20 lbs is much more doable. That's my new goal. When I meet that goal, I'll celebrate, then make a new goal.

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4/11/13 10:52 A

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100 Reasons you should workout today

I saw this at just the right moment! I was making all kinds of excuses to not go... don't feel good, it's my birthday, blah blah... and read this. #100: "the only workout you ever regret is the one you don't do".

*Stab me in the heart!* I went to work out, lol.



Edited by: FACETOTHEVEIL at: 4/11/2013 (10:52)
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"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls."
Matthew 11:28-29


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4/11/13 10:22 A

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I read 4 Steps to Lasting Behavioral Change


The ancient Greeks had a word for this other form of learning: praxis. Praxis is a four-stage process of:
1.Observing your own actions and their effects
2.Analyzing what you observe
3.Strategizing an action plan
4.Taking action


I think step 1 is the most important: journal what you are doing and follow the remaining steps to make use of it.

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4/11/13 9:40 A

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I read the article "What your bad habits say about you."

What I received from this was that I am not perfect and no one is. It is important to assess what is going on and what you are doing to sabotage your health plan. With me I am an emotional eater. I quit drinking years ago, smoked more cigarettes, then it went to quitting smoking to eating more. It was like I just replaced the issue with something else that was bad for me.

"Hi, my name is Melissa, and I am an emotional eater."

I am a single mother and yes life gets stressed. Food is cheaper than cigs or drinks. I am now fighting high blood pressure issues along with overweight issues. Uh, hello, yes I know I need to change. I have realized I am or have become lazy.

So, what I will do is just make a list of bad habits and good ones. Compare. Here is the kick, get someone who knows you well (really well) and have them assess your list. Tell them to be honest (without hurting feelings) and have an open mind about it.
Let that person know they need to be supportive and help you get rid of the habits and really change.
Life is short and we were only given one.

Thank you for this challenge.

Whatever you ask for in prayer,
believe that you have received it,
and it will be yours. (NIV)
Mark 11:24


I only take one day at a time, and not worry about the past. Right now is what is important.


One person said to me, "if you don't try, you have lost nothing, but if you do try, then you have gained confidence to do better"


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4/10/13 10:59 P

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I read the Motivation Article 5 Mind Games You Need to Stop Playing. There were some good tips on taking smaller steps and not trying to do everything at once. Really enjoyed it.

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4/10/13 10:45 P

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Well, I feel like I hardly need to read any articles, all of you are very inspirational to me!
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But I did read "How to Deal With Setbacks"
I'm not sure "setback exactly defines what I am dealing with -- but for the last 3-1/2 months I've been juggling the same 3 pounds. Up and down, up and down, between 229 and 231.

The upside: I've been maintaining.
The downside: 230 is most definitely not where I want to maintain.

The problem is, I KNOW what I need to do... but am torn between taking the easy route of staying in my comfort zone, and pushing myself just a bit to become healthier and work towards my weight loss goal. I seriously need to regroup and define what, exactly, is important to me, and how i am going to achieve that goal. It IS important to me to lose the weight, at least down to 160, but preferably more like 150, and to do that I need to:
1. Accurately track my intake with the nutrition tracker.
2. Cook healthy meals -- I'm the only one cooking, so who else is there to blame?
3. Quit kidding myself that having a "few" drinks in the evening won't hurt anything...

Fortunately, spring is nearly here (in the Michigan Upper Peninsula it tends to come around the time summer arrives for everyone else) and I will be able to get out of the house and be more active! And, I am very determined not to give up on working toward my goals, I KNOW it can be done with the help of the SP community.

This is what I took away from that article:

"Above all, don’t live with regrets. Approach life with perseverance" and dedication to the things that matter most to you. Success is never easy. It remains up to you whether you will give up, or fight through the tough battles to earn whatever it is you want."


Keep up the good work, everyone -- together
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4/10/13 10:44 P

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I read "Starting Small is No Bull". I realized I am trying to make too many changes at once and feel overwhelmed. I am going to set 2 or 3 goals to work on for a month and then add a new one each month.

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4/10/13 10:14 P

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I read Hitting That Big Old Wall. It really helps me with my exercise time. I have a hard time staying with it longer than 15 minutes at a time, but this kept me going today for 35 min.

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4/10/13 10:12 P

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I just read the article All Is Not Lost - overcoming nutrition mistakes. This taught me that when I make nutrition mistakes that I don't have to completely give up. I can learn from the mistakes I made and try better next time.
One thing I know I have to do is eat every 3 or 4 hours rather than putting off meal time for several hours. When I delay eating I always eat more than I had planned and it's not always the healthiest choices.

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At the end of the day, be able to look back and say "I did my best today."

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4/10/13 7:32 P

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Destress in 3 minutes
#1 Stay grounded
#2 Reality check
#3 putting things in perspective

With Christ I can do anything!


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4/10/13 6:21 P

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Was motivated by Millie5522 "The Measure of Success is How you Deal with Dissappointment."
Basically, it talks about giving up....control, need to always be right, fear, what others think of you.
As a caregiver, I look for ways to simplify my life. I choose not to be tied down to electronics (smartphones, cell phones, pdas). It's not to say I don't use them. I do. When I need to. However, it is not my first mode of communication. Sometimes, often times, less is more. Less hassle, less stress, more living in the present. Doing that helps to keep the emotional/stress eating at bay.

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4/10/13 5:05 P

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I read "Crisscross Your Way to a Better Life"
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It talks about the way good habits can influence and support other good habits - like getting a good night's sleep can make it easier to get up in time to eat breakfast.

I would like to apply what I'm learning about physical health to financial health. That may seem like it's outside the scope of what we're talking about here, but I think if I was more disciplined about my budget, I would have less stress. Win-win.

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4/10/13 4:24 P

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I read "Staying Motivated, 5 Mind Games You Need to Stop Playing"


Life begins outside your comfort zone


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4/10/13 3:14 P

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4/10/13 1:42 P

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I read "The Importance of Systems in Achieving Goals"

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It was a good reminder that I have all of these goals I want to meet but I don't necessarily have a plan in place to make it work as well as it should. I will have to think on what I want to enact to meet the goals I really am focused on at the moment.



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4/10/13 11:34 A

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Just read the brief article on how many minutes we should exercise. I have increased my exercise minutes to 300 per week or 5 hours. I found by doing this that I can lose about 1 pound per week, if I stay within my calorie range.

I accomplish this be taking a 15 to 20 minute walk at lunch which still leaves me time to eat before having to get back to work. I also take a walk when I get home from work. I do a 10 minute work out with weights or resistance bands after dinner or while watching a TV show. I make it to the gym twice a week for heavy cardio and resistance training.

I have set a goal to walk 8 miles per week which keeps me motivated to walk. I have also set a goal to walk a total of 500 miles this year! That is outside miles, not on the treadmill. I am at 126.4 miles since 1/1/13.

I'm not losing weight...I'm getting rid of it! I have not intention of finding it again!


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4/10/13 10:50 A

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I read "Think Two Steps Ahead" which made me focus on consistency and doing what you are supposed to do especially when you don't "feel" like doing it. To remember how good you will feel afterwards.

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4/10/13 10:38 A

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I read Use Smart Goal-setting Techniques

Have options waiting that will help you, is something I have not done. I try to find a quick fix for the problem I am having.Some times it takes days before I find an answer,but I search this sight until I find an answer. I will go back to the beginning and find options for things I haven't had to deal with yet.

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4/10/13 10:18 A

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I read:

5 Mind Games You Need to Stop Playing

Good article. I really need to take notice of the advice not to just "Go for the Gold" and start setting more short term goals for myself. As the article says, setting short term goals, creating a network of accountability, and tracking improvement in other areas, like strength and endurance, instead of relying on weight loss as the sole criteria for success would give me a more immediate sense of accomplishment and help keep me motivated to continue.

Achieve success in any area of life by identifying the optimum strategies and repeating them until they become habit - Charles Givens


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4/10/13 10:07 A

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I read "Why Do We Beat Ourselves Up?" I am a pretty optimistic, easy going person but like a lot of people I can be pretty hard on myself. I think it's a big reason I have been a yoyo dieter in the past. I have been consistently (and slowly) losing weight for over 3 years now. I know my attitude has changed to really feeling like I will do this now and will keep it off. I think the biggest reason is that I am more patient with myself, knowing that I won't be "perfect" in my program and being pleased to be making progress.

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4/10/13 9:08 A

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4/10/13 5:32 A

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This morning I read 30 days to more fruits and veggies. This is so important becasue i do not eat enough veggies! I live in a carb filled world and sometimes it is hard to break free. But one step at a time and I am learning how to replace sweets with sweet fruit.

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4/10/13 3:47 A

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I read 'What your bad habits say about you'.
I realize that since my accident, I have completely changed my habits and need to get back to being the extrovert and planner that I used to be. My old habits will no longer help me lose weight or be in shape.

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4/10/13 1:33 A

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I like the article: Plan Today, Succeed Tomorrow
Thinking ahead to make sure your goals are met tomorrow and don't let failure stop you.

http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/moti
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4/10/13 12:03 A

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I read "30 Days to More Fruits & Veggies." This article will help me to incorporate more fruits & veggies into my diet,as I want to follow the recommended plate, which is half fruits/veggies. I think this will help me to lose weight as well as improve my health.



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4/9/13 10:45 P

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Read a motivational article on the SP site and briefly tell us how you can apply the information to your own program

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