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  • v JAMER123
    Thanks Cathy, for the SparkMail. Hoping you are in tip top shape very soon. You have been missed. i have been quite busy with variety of things and travel has been one. I am off the wagon too but not gaining like I thought I would. But still it is going to be an effort to get off the sugar and back to healthy foods to crave. Guess we have had a great fall and now we can start again.
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    3006 days ago
    Cathy, thanks for sending the Spark Mail message and for letting us know why you have been MIA! Sure hope you will be able to get back for good soon. I can sure identify with the weight gain, I did the same thing when we went to our cabin!!!!

    Again, good to hear from you!!!

    3006 days ago
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    Cathy, CONGRATULATIONS on your October achievements! I am so PROUD of you! Are you ready to jump-start the month of November? Let's begin by setting a seasonal goal! Believe in yourself as much as I do in you! Have fun throughout your holiday journey! Reap the rewards from your continuing progress! And always remember, I am cheering you on with lots of support, encouragement and YOU CAN DO IT hugs! WOOHOO!

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    emoticon N = Nothing can replace you because You Are A Very Special Person!

    emoticon O = Overcome each Obstacle by NEVER Giving Up and NEVER Giving In!

    emoticon V = Visualize and Trust that All Goals and Dreams Are Possible!

    emoticon E = Embrace Inner Well-Being, Healthy Nutrition and Varied Physical Activity!

    emoticon M = Maintain Focus on the Goal, Daily Commitment and Follow-Through!

    emoticon B = Belief in Yourself that You Are A Winner In All That You Do!

    emoticon E = Encourage and Inspire Others by Sharing Your Success!

    emoticon R = Remember, You Are The Spark That Creates Extraordinary Results!

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    3006 days ago
    Your Excuse: I Feel Deprived Because I Can't Eat the Foods I Love!
    The Excuse Buster: Starting a weight loss program often results in an "all or nothing" mind-set. You vow to never eat junk food again, follow your diet plan to the letter, drink gallons of water, push yourself to work out religiously, and lose those pesky pounds once and for all. This attitude usually stems from a strong sense of dissatisfaction about your current state (i.e. fat), and a strong determination to reach a "better" state (i.e. thin).

    But entering into any plan with such a rigid focus can only set you up for failure. How many times have you gone on a binge before a diet, eating every "bad" food you could think of - just because you didn't know when you might be "allowed" to eat it again? How many times have you slipped and eaten something that wasn't on your food plan, and then despaired that you had blown your whole diet? The problem with rigid ideas about what is "allowed" and "forbidden" is that they only make you crave the forbidden foods and mire you in constant cycles of deprivation and frustration.

    Your chances of success are much greater if you instead strive for a sense of balance in everything you do. Certainly making positive changes is beneficial, but it is possible to do this in a much more balanced way, rather than binding yourself with chains and taping your mouth shut.

    How? Simply stay AWARE and make wise decisions. Each moment of your day before you eat, drink or do anything, ask yourself if the action you are about to take will support your goal. Will eating a cookie support your weight loss goal? Not necessarily, but will it destroy your diet altogether? Probably not. There are no "rights or wrongs" with this process. Sometimes you may indeed decide to eat the cookie. Sometimes you'll decide that you really don't need it. The difference will be that YOU are the one making the choices for yourself, not some preconceived notion about what is acceptable or not
    3008 days ago
    Sabotage: Dieting is too hard, it’s just not worth it. Response: Yes, dieting is hard SOME of the time, but not all the time. Looking back, it’s not hard every single minute of every single day. Besides, it IS worth it because my goals are MUCH MORE important to me than never working hard at it. Giving up isn't worth it

    3009 days ago
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