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Went to husband's xmas party last night and included green beans, salad, asparagus and really yummy cooked carrots-sweet and spicy on my plate.

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This is one of the greatest things about SP. The SP guy realized many folks have issues with weight loss due to stress, boredom, emotional issues playing at least some role--thus the BRILLIANCE of not brow-beating people, making them more emotional, or more stressed and worried, about their diet--but instead suggesting ONE small change at a time; then when that is mastered as a new lifestyle habit, then the next step and the next, until all of the goals are reached. SMART goals don't include having to feel badly about every thing---SMART choices are keeping what you are already doing the same until you start making higher priorities of other choices and adding them into your life--one streak at a time. I'm glad SP isn't just about brow-beating folks into feeling guilty or stressing over exercise--but instead a place where folks are encourage to make small changes one SMART goal at a time, with people encouraging and support one another in those changes--one at time--no matter how small or how grand the accomplishments may or may not be--with room for everyone.

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STRETCH IT OUT SUNDAY

Besure to get your 5-9 servings of fruits and veggies today.

How many fruits and vegetables did you eat yesterday? Hmmm … if you can count on one hand, then I have a few tips for you! The new MyPlate icon from the USDA recommends filling HALF your plate with colorful fruits and vegetables at every meal! Using the MyPlate icon as an example for meal planning and food portion sizes helps increase produce consumption. Fruits and veggies are low in calories, high in vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and fiber. Experts suggest that we eat 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables daily.

Eating 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis is difficult for many people. Excuses, busy schedules, eating on the run, junk foods – they all conspire to keep us from getting enough fruits and vegetables into our diets.

The solution? Make fruits and vegetables convenient to eat at home! Apples, pears, bananas, oranges, and cherry tomatoes don’t need refrigeration. These are great items for a fruit bowl. Just place in plain view on your kitchen countertop or table so when snack time rolls around it’s easy to grab a piece of fruit or a handful of cherry tomatoes. Sliced zucchini, cucumber, and bell pepper are also good for snacking and dipping. Yum!

Give yourself a pep talk. How, and why?

It’s no secret that the way we communicate with others has a direct bearing on the quality of our relationships. Our words have the power to encourage or discourage, to build up or tear down. I am sure that we have all experienced the healing power of a kind word along with the pain of someone’s cruel or careless comments.

Being aware of the powerful effect our words can have on other people’s lives, we naturally try to use our gift of speech in a responsible and compassionate way when interacting with those around us. But, let me ask you this…

Do you show yourself the same consideration?

Our ongoing dialogue with ourselves, whether internal or verbal, has a direct influence on our self-image. Self-talk may not be audible to others, but your nervous system gets the message loud and clear. If you use self-talk to belittle yourself, minimize your achievements, or express doubt in your own abilities, how will that influence your sense of self worth? Obviously, it won’t produce beneficial results.
On the other hand, positive and encouraging self-talk will contribute to feelings of inner strength and self-respect, which will have a very beneficial effect on the way you view yourself and your personal potential.
You replay your internal conversations

Self-talk is like a recording that constantly plays in your mind, and much of the time you are completely unaware of it because it can occur on a subconscious level. Negative internal conversations can have the same side effects as hurtful gossip. If those recorded messages include limiting beliefs from the past, reinforced by derogatory input from the present, the damage gets compounded.

If you are currently the victim of your own negative self-talk then here’s some good news. With a little effort those recorded messages can be erased and replaced with new, more empowering ones. Let’s look at a few simple ways to use positive self-talk to change your mental recording and empower yourself.

3 ways to empower yourself with positive self-talk

1. Build yourself up.
If you’ve gotten used to tearing yourself down, you may not even notice how harshly you speak to yourself. To turn this around, you simply need to make a conscious choice to use self-talk to build yourself up as often as possible. Begin a new habit of speaking encouragingly and expressing positive thoughts about yourself and your abilities. For example, instead of referring to yourself as an idiot when you make a mistake, remind yourself that everyone makes mistakes and experience is what helps us to improve.
In addition, make some time every day to look at yourself in the mirror and find three positive things to say about yourself. You can compliment your physical features, personality traits, abilities or accomplishments. We all have our strong points so be sure you make the time to use self-talk to acknowledge yours .
Most importantly, always speak to yourself in the same way you would speak to a good friend who is in need of support and encouragement. You would never call them names or say mean things to them, so don’t use self-talk to do those things to yourself either!

2. Be your own cheerleader.
Rather than avoiding a difficult task because you doubt your own abilities, use self-talk to become your own cheerleader. When you’re getting ready to tackle something challenging, take a few minutes to give yourself a mental pep talk. Express confidence in the fact that “you can do this.”
Also, be sure to regularly commend yourself for a job well done and don’t limit your expressions of approval to just the big accomplishments. If you gave something your best effort, then go ahead and acknowledge that. For example, you could say to yourself, “I’m really proud of the way I handled that rude customer. I kept my cool the whole time.” Or, “I’m so proud of myself for finishing that project before deadline.”
Next, find some way to reward yourself so that your expressions of approval are linked to tangible benefits. This will do wonders to build your sense of self confidence.

3. Love yourself unconditionally.
We all have things about ourselves that we want to improve, but our love for ourselves should not be conditional on making those improvements. It is important that we love ourselves, not for the things we’ve done or plan to do, but for who we are. Love your uniqueness, your personality, your character traits and everything else that makes you who you are.
The more you allow yourself to feel your own love and approval, the better you will fe
el about your life. In turn, the easier it will be for positive self-talk to become your natural tendency

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