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Iced tea and water...no pop


Just a daily reminder: smile and laugh...a lot, look for positive traits in people, compliment yourself and others, focus on feeling good, reach out to people in need and focus on the present and the 24 hours in front of you.


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I not eating bread sweets cokes man it’s so hard but 2 weeks so far looking good

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Drinking water only--no pop!

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I am trying this!

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A few weeks ago i was stressing about not losing more weight faster and then I thought about it.
I realized I have come along way since I started Spark.
I just took a breath and said - it will all work out in time.



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That's something I always need to remind myself to do - have patience with myself.

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My God is the rock where I take refuge; my shield, my mighty help, my stronghold.
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YEAH! Deby & CLEARDAY!

emoticon I've been trying to cut back on computer time, miss you all! An hour a day for Sparking isn't enough! But I keep trying! emoticon I have updated my recent blog, dated 1-1-2021, check it out if you have time!

emoticon to me! 1-27-2021 Spark Coach wants me to blog about how I treat myself. I actually treat myself VERY well! I am basically a positive person. Joy-FILLED & listen to myself on almost every topic. SO many of the reasons I do this, is because I was raised by a mom (& family) who taught me to dream BIG! The BIGGER the better. She is still my mentor. She is now 92 yrs. In great physical health & still VERY creative. Because of the pandemic, we haven't hugged since 11-2019 her emoticon .(she lives 5 hours away) We talk & share on the phone & email, sometimes. We 'pull' SPIRIT OF THE ANIMALS oracle, cards; sing songs; & we watch Masha & The Bear, cartoons & then share our fun from them to each other. With the beginnings of dementia, I keep the subjects VERY current. She is a Spiritual teacher. And has helped create over 5,000 marionettes. PLUS the shows we performed using them. (I still do) She is just a magic person. I am SO very blessed to have her in our life. I am with SP because I love to share the joy. Some SP friends come & go, but that just means I am not for them. I don't take it personally! I've been here DAILY for 3,239 days. ( try for 200 SP points & 200 fitness points, daily) My health is SO much improved. I can do things I never though I would be able to. Thanks for reading & commenting, YOU are the best! emoticon

(Mom watching yesterday's snow storm at her home)

(her back patio)

(birds lunching in front yard)








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"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
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I have found that I add new workouts or equipment or mix-in a new workout to keep my weight loss going. Example, I bought starter and medium stretch bands , added Pilates in for weight and strengthening. Do a walk work out dvd instead of walk on treadmill (icy outside here right now so treadmill can get boring ).
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Hope you are still having fun with your jewelry!

emoticon 1-5-2021 I finally got back into our walk in closet & Tidied up, as per Marie Kondo. I had hoped to finish for the New Year..... but I am still working on it! (about 2 hours, yesterday emoticon ) 1/2 way done, now! This time I did DH shoes & on 'his' side. Throw blankets, etc. Donated quite a bit. Also broke down empty boxes I was saving for humidifier, etc. (It broke years ago). I now have room, WOW! Space emoticon , I wonder what I will put in it, haha! Marie suggests we take before & after photos. YIKES! I started this HUGE project 11-6-2020. I would not have believed it if I hadn't taken photos. Seriously! Be happy & healthy & JOY filled, I will too! emoticon emoticon

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"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
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"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
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"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
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THX for letting me know! I perform my marionettes for free, too. It makes me happy! Of course the pandemic has stopped that for now. Soon, soon!

"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
"An Angel's Touch is unstoppable" -Coleader


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Oh my Deby, I saved the photo to my desk top & expanded out. Still couldn't see the details, clearly. BUT so pretty! You are a true artist! I love the hanging hooks. The necklaces's are so organized! Sparkling colors. THX for sharing! Do you sell them?

emoticon 12-15-2020 Today I am off to grocery shop. Trader Joe's. It will be VERY beautiful! I have organized more clothes. Marie Kondo's book, SPARK JOY, says to dump ALL of your clothes into 1 pile. I just do not have the time or space to go through everything & organize it, like that. I am a performer, have been since I was 6 yrs. I take VERY good care of my things & they last for MANY yrs. I have MANY options for living & performing. I hope to actually be doing shows, again, after the pandemic! So I have been taking it 1 type of clothes at a time. The latest is my sequin or beaded clothes. & wraps or coverlets, lot's of layering in our area.YOUR support of my Tiding up project keeps me going! emoticon My small goal is to finish our closet by Dec. 31. I'm not sure I can make that, but keep at it & enjoying the process. IF I get over whelmed, I just look at what I HAVE accomplished. It is SO fun to see everything at 1 glance.PLUS lot's of donations, hopefully someone else can use what I can't. BE happy & healthy & I will too!

(Wraps before)

(Wraps after)

(beaded before)

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"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
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"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
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Deby, I would love to see your crafting! Sounds lovely!

emoticon emoticon 12-9-2020 I'm listening to Christmas music.So lovely! Wonderful talk with my Mom. We sang carols on the phone. She remembers them. YES! I love her SO very much! It is always a VERY special time for us. Mom & our cast, created a winter wonderland show. Using our marionettes, HUGE 5,000 square foot 2 floors, theater. Even the stage was white & the puppeteers (6 of us) had to wear white shoes & leave them on the stage, before we left. This was in the 1970's. Many of the numbers were from Peggy Lee's, CHRISTMAS CAROUSAL, album. I still use some of that music in my small Christmas show. I have the original Santa's sleight, & Mrs. Claus & several others. But because of the pandemic, not performing it, this year. emoticon Stay safe everyone & try to be happy & spread the JOY! You usually do! & emoticon for what you bring to our planet! emoticon


(This is FROSTY)I am not bragging, just showing you some of my past Christmas!

(FROSTY is a break-away marionette)

(Mom performing "SNOWY" his ice skates are candy canes!

(this is POPO, the first marionette Mom made)

(Mrs. Beaver Claus)

"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
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"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
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Find new ways to PLAY!


emoticon 12-2-2020 A catching you up message:

I've been cleaning & being active like crazy! Working & being with DH, (he thanked me today for making THX G special) ; walking; staying safe; talking with Mom; playing with LUCY dog; getting ready for Saturday's "L. V. Santa 5K," walking for charity, I promote Spark People, this is my 13? year & it is virtual, so I will be at my nature preserve! (I have 3 HUGE bags to donate to them, too!) Processing 18# turkey bones, ( turned it into 3 gallons! )Today I will make soup, for DH & LUCY & me, too! I make it very low fat AND so many veggies & whole grain brown rice noodles. A meal in a bowl. I live on soup! Of course will freeze at least 1/2 of it. ALSO, I've been reading & acting on advise from Marie Kondo's book, SPARK JOY. I finished my shoes! I have about 30 pairs. I use them for walking; hiking; dancing; performing; playing, etc. Since they are so hard for me to find, (I wear size 11.5 narrow) I take VERY good care of them, never wear the same shoes day after day. I rotate then.

THX for reading! I'm flying to walk Lucy, work, Zumba DVD & make soup!!! Have a fabulous day everyone! Please re-read my latest blog, if you have time & comment. It is about 30 days worth. I plan on doing a new 1 soon! ALSO, I joined a new team! I LOVE MY BODY! So fun! Hope to see you there! It is only for the month of December. 2BDYNAMIC brought such joy to all of us, check it out!


(Last year, I am in this photo As well as 5,000 other Santa's!)

(at finish line with Little Red, 1 of our marionettes)

(my head dress for Spark people)

(before, yikes!)

(after, so pretty. All cleaned & ready to play!)

(after ZUMBA shoes)

"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
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10-19-2020 I'm having a sad day, my longtime friend, Thumper, since 1970 is passing from COVID. emoticon



"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
"An Angel's Touch is unstoppable" -Coleader


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Using exercise as 'PLAY"! emoticon emoticon



emoticon 8-12-2020 I find GREAT joy going out in the morning & seeing what has transpired in our yards, over night. I spread wild flower seeds in my 'fairy' garden section, water 2 times a day, keeping moist. I've mulched around with top soil. emoticon The temps here are going up to 112, Saturday. So keeping them moist is a challenge. I've also been putting things from my home, into the yard. Things that can handle it. Crystals, angels, fairies, marble eggs & basket, etc. Still waiting to see sprouts.... but I feel like they are my little babies, tending to them is big fun. I use to be an organic gardener for a company. But with all the travel I was doing, I didn't have time. NOW, we social distancing, I do! I love to see my efforts for my garden 'art'! Plus helps me with stress. I am blessed to have this time to 'play'! Do you create gardens in your home, areas? After I sweat in the garden working, I swim. By the time I go in, the birds come & 'talk' to me. Lot's of humming birds, instead of feeders, I grow flowers & pomegranates for them! This is indeed a VERY precious time for me!

(Fairy wildflower section)

( marble eggs, funny, but pretty as I wait for wildflowers to sprout!)

(Angel candelabra)

(a BDay gift from friend)

"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
"An Angel's Touch is unstoppable" -Coleader


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That's ok Mom! Tomorrow is a new day! Every minute can be a new beginning! Yes!

And way to go Sparkling! Logging in helps a lot.SparkPeople is my first love! Tracking helps so much. And love finding new recipes! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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YES! Amazing people on this team!!!!

emoticon 8-11-2020 Today I have sparked for 3,070 days, EVERYDAY! Helps me stay true to myself, how about you? emoticon emoticon



"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
"An Angel's Touch is unstoppable" -Coleader


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Way to go Mom! Great job! and wow Sparkling! Read it from bottom to top! Amazing! You all are awesome! One tip to keep me going is support. You guys are great! And drinking more water! Had lots of lemon today. Yay!

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emoticon 8-10-2020 The following is from IAMJETTA8,

This is very powerful!

Today was the absolute worst day ever
And donít try to convince me that
There is something good in every day
Because, when you take a closer look,
This world is a pretty evil place
Even if
Some goodness shines through once in awhile
Satisfaction and happiness donít last.
And itís not true that
Itís all in the mind and heart
Because
True happiness can be obtained
Only if ones surroundings are good
Itís not true that good exists
Iím sure you can agree
That reality
Creates
My attitude
Itís all beyond my control
And you will never in a million years say that
Today was a good day

Now read from the bottom to the top!

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"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
"An Angel's Touch is unstoppable" -Coleader


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Thank you so much MOMTOLJ! Yes, love putting some frozen berries in the water, and always sometimes cucucumber. Yum! This looks pretty good! mmmm kateslyon.com/fruit-ginger-a
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Cutting out on soda and replacing with water with fruit in it sometimes. Very refreshing!

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Tracking and finding new recipes to work with and support each other! emoticon

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Veggies are my favorite!

emoticon 5-29-2020, today it will be cooler! Down to 106. emoticon Humidity 8%. Night down to 80. I'm trying VERY hard to adapt quickly! IF this is an early summer, does that mean we will have an early autumn, too? I don't like a/c or fans.... but I do right now! Made veggie chicken soup for Lucy, & us too, of course. emoticon I made a HUGE batch, so I could freeze some for her. I don't know why I love this stuff so much. I live on it! Mostly varied veggies in broth. I also made 'veggie' packs. They are my grab & go when I go on errands or? emoticon After I walked Lucy emoticon , in the 85 degrees heat, brought her home, cooled her off & went for a swim. emoticon Water temp is 85. I like it 75, but I'm not going to miss out on our pool. We work VERY hard all year, to keep it nice. I feel so blessed to have it! Also, ALL year long, whenever I look out at it, it feels like a vacation spot. emoticon Going for a hike in nature preserve, tomorrow, VERY early! Hope you all have a GREAT weekend! Be happy, stay safe & have a great time!

(photos of special palm trees, near our spa. First blooming since they were planted 2005! SO pretty, right?






"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
"An Angel's Touch is unstoppable" -Coleader


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More water! More Veggies!
emoticon 5-25-2020 Today I bless emoticon everyone who contributes to my life, our lives & keeping our world a better place because they are/were in it! emoticon Today DH emoticon & I are spending the day together, Grilling chicken; zucchini; having corn & baked beans. Peach pie for desert. Walking Lucy & swimming, I AM truly blessed AND I know it. THX for YOUR continued support, here in SP land! You are wonderful! emoticon Let's make it a fabulous day of health & sharing love! emoticon





Our back yard panorama


"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
"An Angel's Touch is unstoppable" -Coleader


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I love doing that with my spaghetti sauce. With Chili too. My husband and I love our veggies.

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My God is the rock where I take refuge; my shield, my mighty help, my stronghold.
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"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
"An Angel's Touch is unstoppable" -Coleader


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I LOVE YOU LORD AND I LIFT MY VOICE (Maranatha Singers) youtu.be/iprSm9oyVpM

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12-23-17 Today my DH & I are giving us the gift of signing up for a gym memberships. My first time! I'm usually an out doors exerciser. But he wants to do this, so today is the day! It will give us a chance to 'workout' together! (HIs back can't go with me on walks etc.) I'm happy he wants to go! Also, I'll be hiking in the Wetlands, as I do on Saturdays. It is 35 degrees, here in this high desert! Christmas blessings to all!



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Thank you. I hope your Saturday and Sunday were blessed and I am sure they were. Have a wonderful week before Christmas.

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Number 1: Thank you for sharing and for the inspiration!
Number 2: I like your plan. I'm taking this a day at a time and like you, a meal at a time.
Number 3: I like your idea of ONLY HEALTHY SNACKS.
Number 4: I found a picture of myself that I really dislike - I am at my heaviest and with the help of my handy dandy printer, I made copies and posted them on my bathroom mirror, fridge, the dash of my car and one to carry in my purse.

Have a wonderful Saturday evening and a blessed Sunday!

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You are amazing!!!!!

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"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
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My plan has been to take today as the day I need and have to work with. Today I did my weigh-in for this week and I weighed 205.7. My Goals is to lose 5 pounds at a time is my goal. I do not look at the BIG picture. 5 years ago, I weighed 357 and I lost 240 with SparkPeople.

That is 117 lbs, folks. The life happened with many health issues and I have gained right at 88 pounds and this has not been easy for me....not as easy as it was the first.

My plan now is to pray about it each morning and then to take things one meal at a time, not allowing my snacks unless they are healthy. Right now I am learning to walk again and hope to increase the fitness level slowly but surely.

Glad to be here. Have a wonderful Tuesday evening.

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Great suggestion!!!!!

Fun autumn day, catching up with work! Happy Harvest everyone! emoticon & THX to everyone who offered names for my scarecrow, Mom made in1967! I named him PATCHES, thx to FLSUN! We performed for many hours on Friday!



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Make realistic goals. Start with a goal of 10 pounds and make it realistic and make the time frame realistic. So many of us make unrealistic goals and we must remember we have to crawl before we walk! emoticon

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Baby steps, daily!!!!!

emoticon 9-6-2017 Today is my 2,000 day of being active on this amazing site! Please read my updated 8-11-17 blog, I HAD A DREAM ABOUT SPARKPEOPLE/SPARKAMERICA It gives you an idea who I am. I update many times during the month! THX! & thanks to SP for my amazing emoticon , healthy emoticon , confident emoticon emoticon life!



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Share enthusiasm!

7-23-17 SMALL GOALS Challenge is growing, globally, soon, emoticon emoticon PLEASE join & help me reach my goal of 10,000 members joining this amazing team!!!! Together we can do ANYTHING!!!! Maybe you can use your first baby step to join the team! LOL!







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emoticon 7-4-17 HI! To all of my SP friends, check out this amazing SP link!!!!

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I feel that by tracking my food intake and exercises does help me, don't seem lose if not tracking stuff. I just started back up after gaining too much since Oct. So prob water weight, been drinking mostly water and drastically eliminating coke, 1 at most per day, still addiction but none today,yeah! Since think water weight lose right now, within 2 days I already lost 4 lbs which I'm amazed. Once I can notice inches then I'll see things working. I bought those low calorie frozen meals since I don't cook and that helps too since limited portions and calories. Eating more healthy snacks always works too.

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I'm finding that mid morning and mid afternoon snacks are helping to curb my hunger, and losing the sugar and diet soda has nearly eliminated all my cravings. emoticon

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I can't think of a tip today, except KEEP sparking, no matter what every day! emoticon

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There's nothing like sitting down to relax in a freshly cleaned home. emoticon

Yesterday I got in some stretching and walking. Today, PT exercises so far...

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Heavy house cleaning! I love it, the feeling after I'm done & going back into the space. SO pretty!

emoticon 3-4-17 Plans change so quickly, today! Lucy can't go out because of a possible dog virus. Now I Can't go out because of the extreme (30 MPH) wind. TOO much pollen in air, I don't want to get sick. So no beaver walk tonight! emoticon Instead I cleaned the house VERY deeply for 6 hours! emoticon 5 loads of laundry. DH was helpful in helping me declutter our dining room table... I've wanted to do it for several years! emoticon His back problems make it VERY hard on him, but he was a trouper!!! I DID get some exercise! emoticon emoticon



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Take one day at a time. What can we do today that will support our goals?

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emoticon Welcome to March 1, 2017: "ADOPT THE PACE OF NATURE emoticon , HER SECRET IS PATIENCE" emoticon Ralph Waldo Emerson



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Keep setting those small goals. Small goals eventually get a big job done!

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Believe in myself! emoticon

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"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
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The weather is warmer so can get outside and. Walk more or just for the fresh air. emoticon

yesterday is gone

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Do something new and unexpected, something you never, ever thought you could do, so you've never tried. For example: I have always said, "I don't run!" I haven't run in over 30 years and the reason it isn't longer is because my high school track coach threatened me! Well yesterday, during my interval training, instead of race-walking, I just felt the need to run...and so I did! It was the most invigorating and freeing experience to date! And so, just to see if it was a fluke, I tried it again for this morning's workout. Now I think it will become a regular part of my workout, especially when the warm weather gets here and I am able to try this new-found "ability" outside!

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I am finding ways to add even MORE veggies! Today I went to Trader Joes', they have 'riced' cauliflower. I add to salads, soups & keep meaning to try the cauliflower pizza, SP has in recipes. Just haven't taken time to try it. Sounds delicious!

emoticon 1-19-17 Getting everything done! YES! Off to Zumba emoticon

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"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
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Drink more water. Everyday. Replace the amounts of other liquids you drink each day with and equal amount of water. Drink 1/2 you body weight in oz outside of the replacing.

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keep tracking food & exercise and update menu plan every 2 days so you can shop for 7 days at a time with a print out of your grocerys. Track weight daily so you do not accidentally gain a few pounds in a week,like I can do if I do not weigh daily. If you weigh in the morning you will know what food to eat and what exercise you need to do that day.

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Happy New 2017~ Time to 'get it right', right?
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"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
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I love the term "unenergized food" ....great way to think of it :)

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Great tips in here. Thanks!

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My tip is below. !

12-17-16 emoticon 260 minutes cleaning today!!! emoticon emoticon a pound from not eating UN-energizing foods at lunch yesterday! Also, because it is SO dry I have added 2 more cups of water. 12 today! I don't drink much else. emoticon (I have SEVERAL #'s to release, back to goal, staying focused & not eating, junk)! emoticon emoticon This all works for me!!!! THX emoticon Hope YOU are doing REALLY great this holiday season! emoticon



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"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
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That is a good tip!

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emoticon 12-5-16 I am SO very happy for the charity, 8,500 Santa's & counting! I walked for on Saturday, but also SP! emoticon Look what was in the Sunday section of the biggest paper in our area! I have been promoting Spark People since the day I joined, 3-16-12! SP saved/is saving my life! emoticon How are you doing with it???? emoticon we are SO blessed to have the tools to health! emoticon emoticon Thanks to Chris Downing & his team for making this possible! He had a dream & we are apart his dream come true! His dream helped me with several of mine, manifesting! emoticon



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"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
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Try to keep your menu planned for 7 days and update it every few days so you do not have to do 7 days at a time.
When you grocery shop you can print out the days you shop for and stick to your list.
Also plan your exercise 7 days in advance so you are more likely to do it!!

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If you are an emotional eater make sure you are getting attuned with your emotions. And incorporate coping skills in your life!'

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White Grapefruit/Juice - I average a loss of 5.5# a week. Some weeks only 3#, some weeks 9-10# (depends on my carb intake. carbs and I don't get along but I am Asian and I LOVE rice!). I haven't gotten back into the fitness part quite yet. Was going well for a week but then my elliptical took a poop. Yes I know I can just go for a walk, maybe if the skeeters ever die off this season. So other than some house cleaning, motorcycle washing/riding and work (desk job) I haven't been too physical the past month. But I am down 33.4# in 6 weeks. I've had great results in the past incorporating GFJ (2-8oz servings a day) into my diet. Last time I gave Spark a good go at it, I dropped 100# in 8 mths. Life happened and most came back over 4 yrs. I'm determined to hit goal this time and maintain it. 69.6# to go.
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Old School "One day & One goal at a time" emoticon

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do not buy what is not on your grocery list

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Exercise at least every 2nd day,track all food and exercise accurately. Try to plan menu a few days in advance.

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Strength training is very important. This was my secret weight loss pill. I mixed up cardio and strength together, and the inches started to drop first than the weight. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Drinking a cup of 100% Natural Green Tea a day with no sugar. This completely kills any cravings I have for starches and sweets. Keeping a food diary, and trying very hard not to go two days without exercise!

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I eat every 3 hours,so I have 6 small meals a day. I have my last food 2 hours before bed. Otherwise I will wake up in the middle of the night with my stomach growling and eat. My last food is 10 p.m. I have lost 48 pounds this year and have 5 more to go. It is a proven fact by many Doctors that how much you lose does not depend on when you stop eating at night as long as the calories are the same.Your body also only burns calorie while sleeping so, you must get proper sleep to lose weight.That is why you should weigh yourself in the morning. People who stop eating earlier do not lose more weight. Of course they will lose more weight if their evening snacks are extra calories and not included in their daily calorie limit. I eat 1500 calories a day with snacks.

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Don't eat past 7pm every night. I do so much better when I don't.

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I make sure I keep my menu planned for 7 days and every 2 days I add 2 days to it. I check my waist 1 time a month,Feb.1 it was 42" and is now 31". It has stayed the same the last 2 months.If I get busy I have a few days to catch up on my menu. I have lost 46 pounds since Feb.1 and have chronic kidney disease stage 2, so I am on a kidney diet. I have low blood pressure because of my kidney disease 75/50 most days and had to add salt because of it. I also had to lower my potassium as the potassium levels on The Spark People diet are over most peoples limit. If it stays high because my body does not get rid of the excess it can be toxic and kill me. I will get kidney tests done in 1 week. I want to lose another 10 pounds.

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10/2/16 1:47 P

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I really got real about dieting when I was told in June I was pre-diabetic. Found Dr. Furhman's book, "The End of Diabetes." It is basically a vegan and whole foods diet. Surprisingly, my husband and I really like it. We do cheat when we go out to dinner sometimes. I have lost 38 lbs. since June and I am now not showing any diabetes. My husband who had Diabetes II is now pre-diabetic! Wow. My blood pressure is down from 135/90 and is now 120/80. I am really happy! I still have 20 lbs. to go.

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Nothing tastes as good as thin feels.

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9/13/16 8:51 A

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Don't forget to get out your measuring tape every now and then because when that scale isn't budging, you are losing inches that you don't think about!

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Plan your menu for 6-7 days and add some recipes to make it interesting.Then print out a grocery list with what you need to buy.

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