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Countdown to success!

I have never been very good at consistency. My biggest problem trying to lose weight! But I recently started a countdown challenge. 100 days. For some reason counting down from 100 has been easier than counting up! Today is day 67 so I have done 21 days in a row of logging my food, blogging and...

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Add before you Subract

I used to have a problem eating on weekends. I wanted to fit in with everyone else and I wanted things to be comfortable.... which meant no changes. And Monday mornings I would be full of shame for "blowing my diet". So I added rather than subtracted from what I was eating. One small change. I...

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Brainstorm

I used to make a lot of excuses. It did not occur to me that what I really needed was to make better choices and opportunities. I really don't like salad. So one day I thought OK, no one else is going to solve this for me... so I took a special trip to the grocery store just to brainstorm and cam...

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Penny a spark point

It seemed like a silly challenge to collect a penny a spark point... but I started it to try and get consistent. Earn some money for some small achievements that are not focused on the scale. First a haircut and then the latest novel by my favourite author. It started adding up! Now I am working...

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There is no failure

There is no failure in Spark People, just practice until you get it right. I heard this several times but didn't get it. Not everything will work for me and sometimes it just won't work for me at that moment. But I need to keep trying, tweaking, and growing. If something doesn't work I need to a...

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Take magical steps towards your miracle

I used to kick myself for what I should have eaten or should have done. Spark People has changed me. Now I imagine every positive step I take towards being healthy as magical.
-take my meds or do a blood sugar test
-choose a fiber rich snack
-go for a walk
-make a post on a Spark Peo...

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Attitude

Self talk and attitude can make or break us. It gives us power. I used to feel like eating well and exercising was a responsibility... one I didn't always like. Lately I have been making good choices because I care about myself. Some days, I may not like eating salad or working out but they make ...

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Experiment with fiber as your food guideline to lower blood sugars

I was shocked to learn that while "normal people" should try and get 30 g of fiber a day (I tried on SP to moniter mine and found it a challenge) Diabetics should try and get 50 g. Since then I have been reading more labels, adding flax seed to everything. If it has less than 2 g of fiber I ...

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Sleep!

If all else fails and nothing is helping that plateau from breaking... go to bed! I was terrified of gaining weight after a knee replacement with sciatica as a complication. Again when I had a terrible cold. What would happen if I stopped my exercising? But I also read on SP how stress ...

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People make plans and God Laughs - so now I laugh too

I thought I was a pretty positive person until I met my friend Sue. While I was grumbling and getting angry she had this ability to laugh despite things going wrong. Lost? Hahaha, we are on an adventure! Behind schedule? Like the last of a row of piglets running into a barn. One day the house

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