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I'm here to improve my health by developing better eating and comunity. I also hope to increase the "joy" factor in my life by doing more of the things I love to do. I added the "LIVE ... like somebody left the gate open" w/the happy running dog, because to me it was the epitome of living well and joyfully. (8/2015 checking in update, this all still applies; I just need to focus more on self discipline.... ;-)
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On the topic of weight loss, I found EDRECOVERY's comment below to be very helpful, and thought I would share it.

GAINING THE WILL POWER TO LOSE WEIGHT.

You can lose weight if you set your mind to it! Are you ready to take action to achieve the body of your dreams?

The biggest barrier you face is actually your self-discipline and willpower.

You may have fallen into a vicious cycle. The cycle starts with eating a poor diet full of fats, carbs, and processed foods. These are the kinds of foods that make you feel tired and lethargic all the time. Then, because your body lacks proper energy, you don't feel much like exercising.

What's the end result? You end up with a huge loss of willpower and you feel miserable and hopeless.

But there is hope! You can make the change! If you truly want to lose weight, you first have to build the willpower to make it happen.

Here's a list of things to consider when boosting your willpower:

1. Don't Wait For Something Bad To Happen. Your willpower is within you and you don't want something bad to happen in order to find it.

1½ We've all heard the stories about someone suffering a severe trauma, like a heart attack, and how that life event leads to a permanent change in their habits. You don't need this to happen to you in order to get motivated!

2. Watch Your Portion Size. This is one tip that can allow you to start small. It's hard to muster up the willpower if you're trying to go from one extreme to another. Decide that you're going to have the same meal tonight that you would normally eat - but give yourself a smaller portion size.

2½ The trick is to use smaller plates so the plate visually appears full.

3. Give Yourself A Cheat Day. It'll be an easier transition for you if you allow yourself some fun once in awhile. Tell yourself that next Saturday you can enjoy that pizza for dinner or that chocolate cake for dessert. You'll be less likely to give up knowing that you can eat some pizza next Saturday instead of "never."

3½ Your "cheat" day doesn't mean "over-eat" day.

3½ Savor the flavors of your food, even if it means having a smaller piece than you're used to. Once you've finished your piece, your willpower should kick in and say "no more!"

4. Take Photographs. You can motivate yourself to lose weight by taking some self-portraits. We usually don't have the best idea about how we truly look until we see ourselves in a photograph. Keep a picture with you and look at it when you feel like giving up.

4½ Update your photo often and compare them as you start to lose weight.

5. Make A Food List. Write down all the foods you enjoy eating, then evaluate whether or not these items are healthy. Chances are there are at least some healthy foods that you actually enjoy eating - such as fruits and vegetables. Make sure you start buying these foods for your home.

6. Exercise In Moderation. Adding exercise to your routine can also be a daunting task if you try to jump in too fast. Nobody is telling you that you need to join a gym and engage in rigorous workouts if that's not your style. You'll actually be surprised at how energized you can feel just by taking a 30 minute walk, three times a week.

Set Small Goals

No matter how you choose to approach your weight loss, it's important to take small steps and remain in good spirits. Doing too much, too fast will only set you up for failure. Instead, set small, manageable goals like one pound per week. By focusing on the smaller, more attainable goal, you'll actually see results far more quickly.

In the end, remember to reward yourself for a job well done. After all, you deserve it! Once you have mustered the willpower to succeed at weight loss, you can succeed at anything in your life!


Member Since: 7/28/2008

Fitness Minutes: 33,627

My Goals:
-Balanced healthy life
-125 lbs


My Program:
-NEVER GIVE UP!



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Moved from CA to WV.

I enjoy getting my hands dirty (gardening, cooking, baking, painting, drawing, playing w/clay.



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"Why is it when we talk to God, we're said to be praying, but when God talks to us, we're schizophrenic?"
-Lily Tomlin"




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  • v DTHOR6
    Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you have a wonderful day filled with food, family and friends.
    13 days ago
  • v OKBACK2MEAGAIN
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    Looking to stay focused through the upcoming Holiday Season? Want to get connected with a Team to support you through your Journey to a Healthier Lifestyle? If yes, then consider joining the Biggest Loser Challenge that starts in early December. Each week 10 teams of 24 Active members do fun nutritional and fitness challenges. The challenges promote a healthy lifestyle. If for some reason you cannot do a challenge, it can be modified to meet your needs. I hope that you decide this might be for you. If so, you can leave your name on the Wait List for the Winter challenge. To get to the List visit my page and click on the “BLUE BIGGEST LOSER” Icon; copy The Team Page Address below or let me know so I can send you an invitation. Join the Team then sign up on the waitlist. It’s the thread right below the Chit Chat thread.
    If searching through Spark enter Biggest Loser Winter Challenge All Teams.

    To reply or get to my Sparkpage click on the arrow on the top right corner of this message, click on My Sparkpage or click on My Username.

    20 days ago
  • v PROVERBS31JULIA
    Enjoyed the Sukkoth this year! Hope everything went well for you and your husband, and did your mom go with you too? I'm a bit behind in the news! And so starts the new cycle towards the Spring HD season.
    22 days ago
  • v MISCHIEFBOI
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    Never iron a 4-leaf clover.
    Because you don't want to press your luck.

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    “An Irishman is never drunk as long as he can hold onto one blade of grass to keep from falling off the earth.” — Irish saying

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    Happy St. Patrick's Day Weekend.
    998 days ago
  • v RAINKATT
    After quite a while away...I'm back...and hope to stay this time. Been a long time, how are you?
    1042 days ago
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