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Mini workouts suitable for telecommuters

Here is a series of 10 exercises which can be done in 5 minutes or broken up for a micro movement break, mainly cardio but a little ST (strength training) too:
5-Minute Wake-Up Call for Your Whole Body by Dr. Thomas J. Kleeman, MD
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g.asp?post
=a_5minute_wake_up_call_for_
your_w
hole_body


3 seated leg exercises, just 1 minute in length:
Sneaky Leg-Toning Exercises You Can Do in a Chair
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n_do_i
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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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3/2/20 1:08 A

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Another fabulous Daily Spark video, The Time You Have (in jelly beans):
www.sparkpeople.com/resource
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k-videos-detail.asp?video=36

An amazing visual reminder to spend our time wisely, doing what matters and what we love.
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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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2/22/20 10:16 P

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I don't usually check out the Daily Spark, just noted it on my Spark Points page as a way to earn points, so visited, and saw this awesome video: TV Anchor Blasts Viewer Who Calls Her 'Fat'
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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.


 current weight: 149.4 
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1/30/20 10:12 P

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Excellent new article by Kirsten Nunez, A Case for Taking Mental Health Days
www.sparkpeople.com/resource
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articles.asp?id=2579


Short, well researched, practical, and really stresses the importance of self-care.

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.


 current weight: 149.4 
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1/27/20 12:22 A

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Excellent new article by Melissa Rudy: Why You Should Start Your Week With ĎMindful Mondaysí (short, too!)
www.sparkpeople.com/resource
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articles.asp?id=2577


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.


 current weight: 149.4 
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1/18/20 2:55 P

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Here's one that emphasizes the link between stress--it focuses on financial issues, but other kinds would apply as well--and obesity/weight gain/difficulty in losing weight:
Is Financial Stress Making You Fat? by Melissa Rudy from 2017
www.sparkpeople.com/resource
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n_articles.asp?id=2302


Just another reminder that we can't get and stay healthy without addressing the emotional and mental issues that rob us of energy, focus, happiness, and balance.

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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1/6/20 11:06 P

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Today's article on my Start page was really good - 17 ways to prioritize wellness when you have no time
:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource
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articles.asp?id=2563


~~ Mary

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Here's one by a different contributor: Why You Should Learn to Love Strength Training by Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer, from 3/8/2017. She gives 10 reasons, but 5-7 weren't ones I was really familiar with, but could be important to some of my 3Bs and their significant others: counteracts depression, reduces sleep difficulties, and reduces your risk of diabetes. She refers to studies and numbers, so the list is based on research. Here's the link:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource
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rticles.asp?id=636


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.


 current weight: 149.4 
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1/4/20 10:34 P

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I have 3 to share--2 from today, and 1 from a few days ago.

1) 100 Healthy Habits to Add to Your Life by Melissa from 2018, broken into 5 groups--Nutrition, Fitness, Family, Home & Work, Mental & Spiritual Health, and General Well-Being. Even trying just one idea from each group per week or month could promote better health.
www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blo
g.asp?post
=100_healthy_habits_to_add_t
o_your
_life


2) You're NOT Too Heavy for Yoga! by Melissa from 2017, features Anna Guest-Jelley, founder of Curvy Yoga and author of Curvy Yoga: Love Yourself & Your Body a Little More Each Day. Includes Anna's 8 Favorite Yoga Poses with photos, but not instructions.
www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blo
g.asp?post
=8_plussize_yoga_poses_for_a
ll_sha
pes_sizes


3) 40 Delicious Ways to Use 1 Bag of Spinach, hey also by Melissa from 2018
www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blo
g.asp?post
=40_mouthwatering_recipes_yo
u_can_
make_using_a_bag_of_spinach


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.


 current weight: 149.4 
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12/30/19 11:28 P

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Haven't tried it yet. Having the alarm go off at 5 and leaving the apartment by 6:15 is already challenging, but may try elements, at least.

5-Minute Morning Mindfulness Practices You Can Do In Bed
www.sparkpeople.com/resource
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articles.asp?id=2562


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.


 current weight: 149.4 
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12/24/19 8:52 P

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Another great one by Melissa: Quick Confidence Boosters for the Next Time You're Feeling Blah

www.sparkpeople.com/resource
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n_articles.asp?id=2543


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.


 current weight: 149.4 
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12/7/19 12:54 A

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I've liked a few of her blogs, and this is a great one by Kirsten Nunez: 13 Things You Can't Expect to Magically Change After Weight Loss www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blo
g.asp?post
=13_things_you_cant_expect_t
o_magi
cally_change_after_weight_loss

She includes some great quotes from a nutritionist :
"Taking up less space in this world is the very last thing we are put on this earth to do."
"We need to stop glorifying weight loss like it's the most impressive thing a human can 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.


 current weight: 149.4 
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10/28/19 11:21 P

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New by Melissa Rudy 7 Questions to Ask Yourself Next Time You Feel Stressed:
https://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wel
lness_articles.asp?id=2526
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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.


 current weight: 149.4 
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10/9/19 10:28 P

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Haven't read it yet--it's 4 pages--but I plan to: 11 Things You Must Do to Achieve Financial Freedom www.sparkpeople.com/resource
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articles.asp?id=2515


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.


 current weight: 149.4 
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9/8/19 12:14 P

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Here's the full title of Melissa's blog: The Power of Stepping Aside: 8 Ways to Take a Time-Out
www.sparkpeople.com/resource
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articles.asp?id=2513

The related content list of articles to the right also had some I want to check out!

I also liked some of these exercises on page 3 of Round Out Your Routine With Functional Fitness Training by Coach Jen in 2017:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource
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rticles.asp?id=2218&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.


 current weight: 149.4 
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7/22/19 9:50 P

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Mary recommended this. It's long--4 pages--so I'll check it out later. Learn to Love Budgeting With These 9 Expert Tips:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource
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articles.asp?id=2495


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.


 current weight: 149.4 
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7/13/19 1:33 P

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This 4-Step Breathing Practice Can Help Focus Your Mind: www.sparkpeople.com/resource
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articles.asp?id=2475

Really easy to learn & 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.


 current weight: 149.4 
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6/2/19 11:35 A

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changing negative self-talk into positive:
www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blo
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=12_things_you_should_never_
to_say
_to_yourself


~~ Mary

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5/31/19 7:57 P

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Ways to Declutter your Life (off today's start page) and it's not necessary physical clutter....some great ideas here!
www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blo
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=spring_cleaning_your_life


Edited by: WATREKKIE at: 5/31/2019 (19:58)
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5/27/19 7:52 P

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from today's start page...9 ways to take a break at work when you're overwhelmed. These ideas will work outside of work too. I liked 'em a lot!
www.sparkpeople.com/resource
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articles.asp?id=2484



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5/18/19 11:36 P

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a good one from 2017, talking about some of the advantages of having routines and not buying into the you-gotta-change-it-all-up-periodically theory:

www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blo
g.asp?post
=the_power_of_a_boring_exerc
ise_ro
utine


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How to add joy to your life - something we can ALL use, right? emoticon

www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blo
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=8_easy_steps_to_find_happiness


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Link to informative article Don't Exclude These 5 Foods From Your Diet. I like when experts debunk pro and con nutritional claims not based on fact or proper research.
www.sparkpeople.com/resource
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_articles.asp?id=2481


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.


 current weight: 149.4 
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Here's the link to Melissa's March blog How Does Personality Affect Weight Loss? She talks about the thought patterns that aid or hinder our attempts to lose weight.

www.sparkpeople.com/resource
/motivatio
n_articles.asp?id=2457


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.


 current weight: 149.4 
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4/29/19 1:06 A

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If you are troubled by arthritis, as I am, you may benefit from reading this article: Best & Worst Exercises for Arthritis
www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blo
g.asp?post
=best_worst_exercises_for_ar
thritis

which explains why lunges have always bothered me--though squats don't (maybe because both knees share the work equally).

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.


 current weight: 149.4 
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158.75
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4/21/19 10:44 P

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I just stumbled on this oldie but goodie from Coach Nicole, How Loving Myself Led to Losing Weight
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post=how_loving_myself_led_to_losing_wei

ght

This is why I love and miss her!

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.


 current weight: 149.4 
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4/21/19 10:15 P

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Really supportive and balanced article 5 Signs It's Time to Get Serious about Weight Loss from 9 years ago, but just as true and helpful. I like this author, Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor.
www.sparkpeople.com/resource
/motivatio
n_articles.asp?id=1439

I also checked out the link to the blog 10 humorous signs that you need to lose weight at the end of her article.

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.


 current weight: 149.4 
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4/5/19 12:23 A

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At work wellness ideas
www.sparkpeople.com/resource
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articles.asp?id=2461


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.


 current weight: 149.4 
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4/3/19 11:09 P

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According to this great article by Coach Jen, mindfulness isn't "woo woo"--it's "engaging in exercises of mental fitness." Practical and backed by science, too!
www.sparkpeople.com/resource
/wellness_
articles.asp?id=2463


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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Reminding us it's not just numbers on a scale--well-being is so much more: 13 Things You Can't Expect to Magically Change After Weight Loss www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blo
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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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some good thoughts on why all fitness goals aren't for all of us....

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good article on deprivation vs lifestyle changes:

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Really good nutritional info in The 7 Worst Dieting Tips Registered Dietitians Have Ever Heard
www.sparkpeople.com/resource
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_articles.asp?id=2445

Emphasized the importance of getting enough fiber and nutrients found in fruits and vegetables. All carbs are not equal and not all are bad, just like fats. It's about choosing the right kinds and appropriate amounts.

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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Good blog today, The Missing Link: Confidence. www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blo
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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.


 current weight: 149.4 
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Ooh, have to check it out! And this article blasts the myths about canned and frozen foods being "inferior" to fresh--not always, in fact they can be more nutritious at times--Is Canned, Fresh or Frozen Your Best Grocery Bet?
www.sparkpeople.com/resource
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_articles.asp?id=2430


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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Found this old one from 2012 on decluttering in my wanderings around SP. While I'm not able to put all of it into practice at this time, it's got some good ideas and things to work for:
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Another good one today "If You Have Limited Mobility, Movement Can Improve Your Self-Esteem." Her description of working with a Parkinson's client was inspiring.
www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blo
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ur_qua
lity_of_life_if_you_have_limited
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obility

My favorite line was the concluding sentence "Never forget that everyone deserves an opportunity to feel better, function better and live better."

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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Interesting info in this featured blog 6 Non-Diet Reasons You Have Belly Fat:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource
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age=2

This is the link to page 2 which was most interesting to me. Page 1 talks about sleep & stress, which I do pretty well on, though they can be major issues for some, plus getting older--can't do much to change that one! But digestion and probiotics may encourage a few diet tweaks for me, and the last 2 will hopefully strengthen my resolve to be more consistent with ST, and raise intensity more often. No plans to become extreme in workouts, but I can challenge myself a bit more.

I appreciated her final comment "If you're living a healthy lifestyle overall, that little bit of belly fat shouldn't get to your head."

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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.


 current weight: 149.4 
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Mary mentioned this blog on her wall post--I agree it's a good one! 10 Ways to Finally Achieve Unshakeable Self-Esteem
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eable_selfesteem

I hadn't heard of the author, therapist Judith Belmont, but may want to check out her website (link at end of article). I did, and there's cool stuff om the Psychoeducational Handouts, Quizzes and Group Activities page!

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.


 current weight: 149.4 
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emoticon Mary, I think I missed this one! Here's an informative and eye-opening one by Melissa, 11 Surprising Mistakes Stalling Your Weight Loss www.sparkpeople.com/resource
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n_articles.asp?id=2205

A couple of the surprises are how drinking diet soda and cutting fat can hurt your weight loss efforts!

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 really like this blog about the importance of relaxation - to both our physical and mental health:

www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blo
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=its_time_to_stop_feeling_gu
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Good article by Melissa: 17 Strength Training Exercises for Walkers. I haven't watched the videos about the band exercises, but did several of the others on my emoticon of new ST streak. Basic, easy, bodyweight--yay!
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=10_strength_training_exerci
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r_walkers


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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As promised on the wall, here is a link to a great blog by Melissa Rudy with a bunch of powerful quotes (a couple made me laugh, too):
www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blo
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rkpeop
le_members_lives


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.


 current weight: 149.4 
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Excellent article on the brain benefits of exercise, including slowing down cognitive decline as we age! Unleash Your Brain's Full Potential with Exercise:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource
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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.


 current weight: 149.4 
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emoticon Melissa! Look what she says in 50 Tips for Staying Fit Through Your 50s:
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"Donít give up the coffee. "Coffee gets a bad rap, but itís actually one of the most potent sources of antioxidants in the human diet." (#45)

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 article has some REALLY good tips on dealing when you're feeling down or sad:
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Here is an older blog with yoga poses to help you sleep better. I like how she offers modifications, too. emoticon
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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.


 current weight: 149.4 
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And another great one by Melissa! Like Coach Nicole, she shares a compassionate, common sense and balanced approach. This one is 6 Daily Benchmarks That Aren't 10,000 Steps, reminding us not to get fixated on a single goal or measure of success or fitness or "enough."
www.sparkpeople.com/resource
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n_articles.asp?id=2416


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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Loved this one by Melissa Rudy; I may want to print it out! 35 Self-Care Ideas You Can Start Practicing Today

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tart_p
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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.


 current weight: 149.4 
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great suggestions on being good to yourself, and how to regain your focus....

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emoticon So much for finding and sharing the better and more specific articles!! =)

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I didn't think much of the featured article today The 5 Best Foods to Eat for Joint Health--not enough specific examples: www.sparkpeople.com/resource
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Found a much better one with examples and numbers: Foods That Fight Osteoarthritis www.sparkpeople.com/resource
/nutrition
_articles.asp?id=862


This one was OK, only 2 pages, with some 'try this' tips, but no numbers or author or date when it was published (weird): Eating to Prevent Osteoporosis www.sparkpeople.com/resource
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_articles.asp?ID=121


Another short one with specifics on which fish on page 2: The Mega Benefits of Omega-3s www.sparkpeople.com/resource
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_articles.asp?id=873


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.


 current weight: 149.4 
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