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1/25/14 2:49 P

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1/25 1I'm lost. I was posting daily, starting 1/1/14 - - - then somehow stopped getting the emails to clue me to write, then came down with a wow of a cold, and stopped everything except reading & writing in my 100 day Magic journal. Now I don't know how to get back to where I was!

167.2 was my beginning weight. This morning was a misleading "sick loss" weight of 163.8. I haven't really lost that much, but will try to hang on to it till it's true.

1/25 lesson, to have your favorite foods, just smaller portions and less often is a favorite tactic. I even have a box of my favorite special chocolates in a second refrigerator in my workroom. One thing I learned from being on the 2-5 fast diet, is that telling yourself you can have it tomorrow, works. Tomorrow the yearning for that food won't be so fierce, and you can manage a small portion.

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12/8/13 11:12 P

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Day 2

1. Pace myself so I have the energy to change negative behaviors.
2. Just do it.
3. I am committed to my program.
4. Stay focused.
5. Mini meals for a mini me.
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Kay

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle you know nothing about.
Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.
Drop judgment and pick up love.
If you can move a grain of sand a day, eventually you will move a mountain.
Crappy choices bring crappy feelings.
Can'ts are joy limiters.


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12/7/13 9:05 P

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Day 1

1. Remember my boundries.
2. Just do it. Any little bit that gets done is better than nothing.
3. I am committed to getting healthy and not getting diabetes.
4. Confront my fears and negative behaviors.
5. Pace myself so I have the energy to change negative behaviors.

This morning I wanted to pass on my exercises but remembered "just do it". I thought I would do the minimum but once I started I did them all. All I needed was just to get started.


Kay

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle you know nothing about.
Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.
Drop judgment and pick up love.
If you can move a grain of sand a day, eventually you will move a mountain.
Crappy choices bring crappy feelings.
Can'ts are joy limiters.


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12/6/13 6:33 P

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I will work on these for a while.

1. Remember my boundries.
2. Just do it. Any little bit that gets done is better than nothing.
3. I am committed to getting healthy and not getting diabetes.
4. Confront my fears and negative behaviors.
5. Pace myself so I have the energy to change negative behaviors.




Kay

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle you know nothing about.
Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.
Drop judgment and pick up love.
If you can move a grain of sand a day, eventually you will move a mountain.
Crappy choices bring crappy feelings.
Can'ts are joy limiters.


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12/5/13 9:04 P

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emoticon on your first day.

Day 4 - Remember my boundaries! Apparently I had forgotten them. emoticon

Kay

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle you know nothing about.
Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.
Drop judgment and pick up love.
If you can move a grain of sand a day, eventually you will move a mountain.
Crappy choices bring crappy feelings.
Can'ts are joy limiters.


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The first day...99 to go.

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Edited by: SOWANDREAP at: 12/28/2013 (22:00)
Galatians 6:8


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12/2/13 10:40 P

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Day 3
Just do it. Any little bit that gets done is better than nothing. Once I get started, I figure I might as well do as planned.

Day 2
I am committed to getting healthy and not getting diabetes.

Day 1
Confronting my fears and negative behaviors.
I am working on:
1. Pacing myself so I have the energy to change negative behaviors.
2. The first negative behavior to let go is using food to comfort myself.
Eating will not solve any problem.

Edited by: IAMJOYFUL2 at: 12/3/2013 (20:27)
Kay

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle you know nothing about.
Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.
Drop judgment and pick up love.
If you can move a grain of sand a day, eventually you will move a mountain.
Crappy choices bring crappy feelings.
Can'ts are joy limiters.


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11/17/13 8:42 P

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Day 17: Stop wasting food!
Well, after reading today's lesson, I learned something. Would I continue to put gas in my car's gas tank after it was full? Of course not! What happens to the excess gas? It is wasted! It spills out on the ground and creates a mess. So, Linda Spangle suggests that continuing to eat after we are full is the same thing. It is wasting the food. Spilling out of us as "fat" and creating a big mess! A big mess of me!

So the choice is simple, either waste the food by eating it, or waste it by throwing it out!

Have a good week team! and happy sparking!

We only fail when we quit trying!


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11/17/13 2:42 A

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Wow indeed! You DO deserve it!

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11/16/13 10:36 P

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I made my Ten Reasons Why list. Fears and Set backs was a bit more difficult for me, but revealing... I wrote, without even really thinking about how profound of a statement it was until I re read it....
"....I fear that it is so difficult for me to stick to a healty eating plan and to loose weight is beacause I don't deserve to feel good about myself and to be thin."

Wow!

Iyanifa Ekundayo
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Elegua me lleva!
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All that you wish to be you are.
All that you dream will be made.
All that you know is true.
All that you are...is love
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11/15/13 10:20 P

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Day 16: The nurturing power of food.

The nurturing power of food! This topic is hard for me, because I know that I am an emotional eater, and food does seem to comfort me. The idea that I could buy a pint of ice cream and only eat 2 spoons of it, and then to top it off, throw the rest away! I'm not sure I could do that. I could eat 2 spoons and put the rest away, and if I really tried, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't go back to it that night, but throw it away? hmmmm... not sure I could.

Linda Spangle is suggesting that I should be emotionally satisfied with just 2 bites of anything. I think it is true that after 2 bites I won't feel any more emotionally satisfied, but I'm not sure I could throw it away. Because I am trying to retrain my brain, I will try tomorrow to follow the lesson.

Have a good weekend!

We only fail when we quit trying!


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11/13/13 5:15 A

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11/11/13 10:00 P

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Day 15: The first 2 bites

So, once again, a paragraph from my blog:
2 bites of a yummy delicious food should be all you need. Hmmm... I guess the author of the book is right on this one. The theory is with the first bite, you really savor the flavor and enjoy it. Even so the second bite, but anything after that is just eating for the sake of eating. I think that may be right.

I will try to make this a habit!

We only fail when we quit trying!


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11/7/13 9:27 P

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Day 14: Morning affects everything:

A paragraph from my blog:
To me, this topic is common sense! If you don't eat breakfast, you will be hungrier by lunch and inclined to eat more. Some people say they don't eat breakfast because it makes them hungry all day long. I've actually heard this from my husband! BUT... if you train your stomach to have breakfast, and then to know that you are going to have lunch in a reasonable time, your stomach will get used to it. I know if I skip breakfast, later in the day, I'm famished, that's when I tend to overeat.

I am going to pack my lunch tomorrow!

We only fail when we quit trying!


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11/6/13 2:54 P

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Oooops, I somehow missed the notifications for this thread! You are doing so well! It's good to see you share how you're doing!

Christina



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11/3/13 6:11 P

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I did not skip day 12, I just forgot to write about it here, check out my blog if you are interested.

Today is day 13, and the topic is: Oops, I forgot to eat.
Here is what I had to say on that topic: Oops, I forgot to eat? I'll be honest, that NEVER happens to me! I don't even understand the statement. How does one FORGET to eat? I've been busy before, but I always remember to eat.

So today was like a day off for me! Well, it is Sunday!

Have a good week!

We only fail when we quit trying!


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11/1/13 10:33 P

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Wow! 10 days in, and it only took me, uh... twenty something days to do it! Well, I'm on a roll now, and here is a summary of my blog for day 11, Two purposes of food.

Great topic! There are two main purposes of food and as Linda Spangle says in her book, they are:
1. To fuel your body.
2. To appreciate flavors.

She suggest we measure your food intake against these guidelines. If we eat something that doesn't match either of these, there is a good chance you are eating emotionally.

So fuel is the priority. Like a car, we need to fuel up at regular intervals throughout the day. Some people eat 3 medium to large meals, and others choose to eat 5-6 smaller meals. I actually work both ways. Usually on weekends we have 2 larger meals with 1-2 smaller meals inbetween. (snacks!) The key is to make them healthy forms of fuel.

Just a note, I did post some pics with this blog so check it out of you have time!

We only fail when we quit trying!


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10/31/13 9:49 P

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So... Day 10, here it is! Appreciate good support.

And from my blog, I say:
Appreciate good support. Very important. One must learn to accept a compliment gracefully. How often do I reply to a compliment with a negative statement? Weather it is about my attire or weight loss. I must learn to reply with a simple "Thank you."

And I take this moment right now, to thank my Spark Friends for kindly supporting me. I love SparkPeople!

We only fail when we quit trying!


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10/31/13 5:07 P

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Hi all!! Hey, I fell asleep last night before I could do my "100 Days" activity. I will do it tonight after dinner.

Love to all!

We only fail when we quit trying!


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10/30/13 6:00 A

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Good work Linda.
I like the idea of going further away to get to a better place.

Christina



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10/29/13 8:27 P

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Day 9: Here's What I Want

Today's activity in the 100 Days book is to take a small quiz about what it is I want from my support system. I have decided to post it here.

What I Want From You
1. If you see me eating something that's not on my diet plan ignore it completely, of if you are my very close friend, Give me a hug and ask me if I've had a bad day.

2. When I'm making progress, such as losing weight, compliment me on how I look.

3. When I'm struggling or gaining weight, start out by ignoring it, but later on, you can ask me how you can help.

4. When I'm making progress you can't see, (such as improving my self-esteem), ask me how my efforts are going.

5. When I've maintained my weight (even though I may still want to lose more), let me know that you have noticed, and you are proud of my current efforts.


We only fail when we quit trying!


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10/28/13 9:31 P

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A sampling of today's blog:

The theme for today is to tell friends and family what kind of help you need. Do I want my friends to grab "forbidden" food from me while I eat? No! Do I want friends and family reprimanding me for making poor food choices? Absolutely not! I don not like feeling belittled. I do not like being treated like a child. So those options are out. I would like encouraging comments and compliments. I don't mind people asking me how I'm getting there. I would only like "diet" advice when I ask for it, and the same goes for work-out advice. If a friend or a family member doesn't know if their comment would help or hinder, then don't say it. Sometimes silence is the best option.

Now, I will not be shy in asking my husband to keep the junk food in the garage. And, I hope to be strong enough to turn down invites to the local tavern. Really, when we go out to eat there are better options than the bar, but they are further away.


We only fail when we quit trying!


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10/28/13 2:35 A

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10/27/13 8:43 P

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Day 7: I can do it!

The last paragraph of my blog sums up the feelings of today's lesson:
So... for today, I maintained positive thoughts about my weight loss. I have told myself many times today that I CAN do this. In my magic notebook I wrote, " I can do it because I want to be healthy. I can do this because I want to feel good, physically and feel good about myself. I can do it!" I will read these phrases many times during the next 93 days on my journey. Thank you, SparkPeople!


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10/26/13 8:33 P

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Day 6: Protect your program.

Here is a small part of my blog I posted today.

This week I will work on the phrase, "not just yet..." I will say this when offered a snack or more dessert, or anything that could sabotage my efforts. I will not talk about my diet plan to others either. And, I will read a good book, or do some Spark activities in the evenings instead of eating. I will also continue to carry my magic notebook with me.

I WILL NOT BE AN OBSTICLE IN THE WAY OF MY SUCCESS!


We only fail when we quit trying!


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10/25/13 6:19 A

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I really like Roald Dahl's books! He's an expert on magic, all right!

Good for your for creating the notebook. I started mine but can't find the time to fill it with the things I want to put in.


Christina



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10/24/13 8:30 P

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Day 5: The Magic Notebook.

I have created my magic notebook. I plan to use it for the following reasons:
1. When I decide there is a particular food I want, I will write it down.
2. I will plan to eat it at another time, and I'll write the amount I'll have and how often I plant to fit it into my program.
3. I will stretch the times further apart for eating this food, with the goal being that after a while, I may no longer feel I need it.
4. I will try to write in the book daily as well. I will record my thoughts of the day. It would be nice to discover the "why" of why I want to eat foods that are not good for me.

A quote by Roald Dahl: "Those who don't believe in magic will never find it"

Roald Dahl is the author of many wonderful children's books, such as "James and the Giant Peach" "Matilda" "The BFG" and many, many more. Magical stories one and all!

We only fail when we quit trying!


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10/23/13 9:45 P

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Ok, I posted my Day 4, Boundaries, Not Diets.

Here are my boundaries:
Narrow Road
1. Eat 6 or more fruits and veggies a day.
2. Limit refined food. Try to avoid "white" food, such as refined sugar and flour. This should eliminate all processed food.
3. Do 30 minutes of cardio at least 4 days a week. Also work each muscle group 2-3 days a week. ( does not need to happen all on the same day.)
4. Limit calories to between 1200 and 1400 a day.
5. NO FAST FOOD!!!
6. In order to be successful, track food daily.

Wider road
1. Increase caloric intake to about 1600 a day.

For me, the hardest part seems to be tracking my food. I vow to do better though. I even have the app for SP on my Kindle Fire, so I can take it with me.

Have a good evening!

We only fail when we quit trying!


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10/13/13 11:45 A

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Day 1 "I used to be that way"
*I use to eat out of boredom, but now I find other things to do instead.
*I use to binge on junk food, but now I am eating more fruits/veggies.
*I use think that I can't lose the weight, but now I know I can, if I put the work into eating healthier/exercising. (it's a choice instead of a chore)
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10/4/13 11:26 P

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A small sample of today's blog: Day 3 Do it Anyway

So today, I did pack a lunch and it was great to have something healthy to eat at lunch time. Today I did work out, and even though it was only for 10 minutes, it felt good, and I was glad I did it.

Basically, I did the "For today section of today's lesson without really giving it much thought, but I did have the words "do it anyway" playing in the back of my head off and on all day!

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The main thing I should have done better was a longer exercise session, but I did commit to 10 minutes a day, minimum, and I did achieve that small goal. Thanks to coach Nicole and her 30 days to skinny jeans.

We only fail when we quit trying!


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I really, really, REALLY like lesson 4. It's so useful. Even though I had already been creating 'narrower' and 'wider' other goals at SP (for example: one other goal was 'in bed before 10.30 pm' and another was 'in bed before 11.30 pm') I still am amazed by how simple AND how important this step is: to make goals for two different occasions: good days and 'tough days'!

Christina



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I'm enjoying your posts, Linda!

Christina



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10/3/13 10:32 P

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Below is one paragraph from todays blog. It is my plan to stay committed.

I will remain committed for at least 100 days. I will not let what others think deter me from my goals. I will pack a lunch to take to work, so I don't have to eat fast food for lunch. I will plan healthy dinners for my husband and I to enjoy in the evenings. Once I have enough money, I will join the gym, and make sure I get up in time to use it. If I oversleep my back-up plan will be to use it a lunch. It is just around the corner from where I work.

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Today, after posting my blog, I went for my 30 minute walk, which ended up being 25 minutes because when I was 15 minutes out and just headed back home the sky dumped a lot of rain on me! It did speed up my walk home though! LOL!! Well, rain water is supposed to be good for your hair right? I'm glad I went out though, because I almost talked myself out of it.

We only fail when we quit trying!


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10/2/13 8:55 P

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Lesson 1: I used to be that way...

These are my statements copied from my blog:

I used to blow my whole day just because of one bad food choice, but now, I just track the food, and move on. Being 100-200 calories over goal is a lot better than going over by 1 or 2 thousand calories!

I used to quit a diet plan after a few weeks because of boredom or plateaus, but now I will just refer back to my blog entries and see how far I have come.

I used to quit working out after a few weeks because of aches and pains, but now I will push on, because I know once it becomes habit, I will actually enjoy working out!

Now the trick is to make these statements come true!

We only fail when we quit trying!


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10/2/13 12:50 P

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I can relate to needing to get into a flow with this. I hope I can get into the habit of doing the lesson in the morning. As it is, I'm behind with everything today, so I look forward to sitting down tonight (it's nearly 7 pm here!) to do lesson nr. 2.

Regarding lesson nr. 1: I noticed it is very different to DO the lesson than to just read it through. I didn't think lesson 1 was going to give me new insights but it DID and like with affirmation work, I could sense that it 'works' to write a new better choice for an old negative behavior.

Christina



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10/2/13 11:49 A

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Lesson 1 was tough. It's always hard to confront your fears and negative behaviors. I still need to make my 10 reason list. Once I get into the flow of adding this into my day I think it will go a bit smoother for me.

Make everyday count!
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Post here anything you want to share about your experiences and thoughts regarding the first 33 of the 100 lessons!



Edited by: CHRISTASP at: 10/1/2013 (15:11)
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