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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Nothing you write on the internet is private. Any one can copy and paste and spread it around. That doesn't mean we always want to encourage that or make it happen without people really thinking about it.

On your blogs there are now buttons where anyone who reads your blog can share it on Facebook or Tweet it. You'll never know about it.

If you want to remove that option from your blogs, click EDIT MY SPARK PAGE and uncheck the box at the right that says - "Show share bar on my blog posts." Then scroll all the way down to the bottom and click SAVE. The share buttons should be gone.

Then, at the bottom of your blog, you may also see a different SHARE THIS POST WITH OTHERS button. I did. Click on it and you get MANY ways to spread the blog around. There is an OPT OUT there too, which gives you a long message about privacy and you can OPT OUT of that sharing on that same page. (Opt out doesn't seem to stop sharing, though. I tried it.)

You will also find these share buttons on the top of every TEAM PAGE, including a Private Team. I have yet to find a way to remove those. As leader of a private team, I tried EDIT THIS TEAM but there is no opt out box there.

If anyone knows how to REMOVE THE SHARE BUTTONS AT THE TOP OF THE TEAM PAGE, please let me know.


This link is courtesy of Coach Nancy:


There is lots more about these share buttons in the comments when you go to that link.

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SILLYHP1953 1/18/2012 2:48PM

    Thank you! I'm getting ready to go do that.

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    I can't imagine why they think I want the world to know I'm fat. LOL. I unchecked mine.

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ZEEDRA 1/15/2012 11:03PM

    Thank you, Karen.

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SOUPY18 1/15/2012 1:33PM

    Thank you! I wonder where the decision to "share" without writers permission is from. What is written on a personal blog should not be public.

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BARCLE 1/15/2012 1:15PM

    Thanks for the info emoticon

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FISHINGLADY66 1/15/2012 12:39PM

    Thanks Karen for this very important message. I will not be blogging for a while, to see what happens with this (TOOL?) idea ... for Sparkpeople.

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DEC2DEC 1/15/2012 11:26AM

    Thank you! I saw those buttons and thought they were a HORRIBLE idea.

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GINNAR 1/15/2012 11:08AM

    I saw this for the first time yesterday and did edit my blog page in regards to sharing. I use FB, but I limit my use and prefer to set everything up for as much privacy as is possible on these sites. Thank you for keeping us informed.

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PJSTIME 1/15/2012 10:48AM

    Thanks again for the info I haven't blogging much and will be extremely cautious now

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MAMABUGAZ 1/15/2012 10:24AM

    Thanks, Karen.

~ Faith

Comment edited on: 1/15/2012 10:25:00 AM

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GABY1948 1/15/2012 10:11AM

    I had seen this yesterday on someone's blog...but thanks for spreading the word, Karen! As good as the internet CAN be, I believe the majority of it is evil in one way or another. I am just EXTREMELY careful what I say anywhere! Thanks, you are a great friend! Gaye

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NANCYRUBIO 1/15/2012 10:06AM

    Need to know and to be remined. emoticon

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NELLJONES 1/15/2012 9:52AM

    Thanks for the info, I have edited my page. However, in this high speed information age, I am careful about everything I write. Or say and do. Anyone with a teenager in the house knows that words spoken even in the sanctity of the home can be shared with many strangers, and without their knowledge.

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LCFELDMANN 1/15/2012 9:42AM

  Thanks for sharing this. I'm new to SparkPeople and haven't started my page and blot yet. This is good info to have.

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SUEO451 1/15/2012 9:28AM

    thank you for the info- have updated my page! emoticon

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Kids are so FUNNY!

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

My cousin is a teacher and has 4 children. They all attend the school where she teaches. The teacher of her son recently told her this story.

Teacher asked the class, "Who can name the seasons of the year?"
My cousin's son was chosen to answer and he proudly stood up and replied:

Dove Season
Quail Season
Deer Season and
Duck Season!

Who's dad is a hunter? lol


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IFATFIRST77 1/9/2012 8:22AM

    lol too cute

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DGAIL51 1/5/2012 7:36PM

    emoticon a little girl I knew said.. Christmas, Easter, 4th of July & Thanksgiving.. totally different perspective but I see why one could think that.

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    LOL. they must live near me.

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FISHINGLADY66 1/4/2012 8:51PM

    Yep! I know those seasons. lol Smart kid.

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KAYYVAUGHN 1/4/2012 12:28PM

    That's a smart kid. His dad is probably proud of his son.

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JEANNE229 1/4/2012 11:19AM

    Guess we know who rules.

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TUFFYBIRD 1/4/2012 9:44AM

    emoticon I have a grandson just like that!

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GABY1948 1/4/2012 9:24AM

    I LOVE this...am going to send it to dh! Yourcousin's son is VERY smart! emoticon

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PJSTIME 1/4/2012 9:14AM

    I love it only from a family of hunters.

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Saturday, December 31, 2011

I love funny signs. Some are really hillariously perplexing. Take this one indicating NO BIRDS ALLOWED. Huh? What are they going to do to the birds that show up? lol

The link below leads to 25 signs YOU may come across one day! Good luck!


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SILLYHP1953 1/10/2012 10:43AM

    I have never seen a no birds allowed sign, and it didn't seem to bother the birds!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/31/2011 11:51PM

    LOL That's hilarious!! I guess he can't read or is deliberately blowing them off. What a crazy fine. I think I will put one like it with a cat on it because the neighbor's cat will not leave my bird feeder alone. LOL.

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JKURJACK1944 12/31/2011 9:25PM

    Happy New Year. Great signs.

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GGMOM06 12/31/2011 2:07PM

    emoticon HAPPY NEW YEAR !

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FISHINGLADY66 12/31/2011 11:47AM

    Thanks for the laugh.

Happy New Year!

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Happy new Year! vista emoticon

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PJSTIME 12/31/2011 10:33AM

    Thanks Kren. Have a Happy New Year.

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NELLJONES 12/31/2011 10:22AM

    Love it!

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GABY1948 12/31/2011 9:58AM

    Awesome! Thanks, Karen, and have the MOST AWESOME year yet in 2012! HUGS, Gaye

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ZEEDRA 12/31/2011 9:25AM

    You ain't the boss of me!!!

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MISSPEACHES3 12/31/2011 9:20AM

    Too Cute emoticon

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--KREN 12/31/2011 9:10AM

    Is that bird a REBEL or what? lol

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Monday, December 12, 2011

After lots of reading and researching, (see my previous blogs) Iím drastically reducing the amount of STARCH and SUGAR in my diet.

My first step is cutting out the SWEETS. You know, desserts. Pies, ice cream, fudge, brownies, cake, chocolate candy, etc. etc.

Several people have asked if Iím using an alternative to sugar, an artificial sweetener of some kind, or something like honey, agave, etc.

First of all, I am always trying not to eat anything ARTIFICIAL. I want real food, whole food, the best fresh food, please.

I cut out the sugar in my coffee and tea long ago when I began going to a Chiropractor (Dr. Sid) for back/leg pain. When I came in he would run his fingers down my spine and poke around on my back a little and say, ďYouíve been eating sugar.Ē And I would say, ďNo, I donít eat sweets very much.Ē (Back then that was true. That was before I hired Sara Lee and Betty Crocker to work with me, lol, but thatís another blog I havenít written yet, lol.)

Dr. Sid persisted and insisted until finally it dawned on me: I was putting two or three spoons of sugar in my tea and coffee which I drank all day while at work! Duh! One of those olí slap-the-head-moments, lol. So, I gradually decreased the sugar in my drinks until I finally drank my coffee and tea black, nothing added. My motivation was to get my Chiropractor to stop saying that I was eating sugar. (He said when you eat sugar your pancreas responds, works hard, and he could feel it when he pressed the right spot on my back. Somehow the pancreas or spine felt differently. Was he right? I donít know but when I stopped sugar I never told him, but he stopped saying it .)

So, back to the present. Iím cutting out SWEETS. Anything sweetened with artificial sweetener or any other sweetener besides sugar, still tastes SWEET, so Iím avoiding it. I think itís too tempting, reminds me too much of some other dessert that IS full of sugar and will eventually lead me astray. Besides, Iím never sure whatís in some of those products and have read all sorts of warnings about them.

What I want to know is:

When you give up SWEETS are you just giving up SUGAR?
Or do you give up anything that tastes SWEET?
And what difference do you think it makes?


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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/15/2011 2:12PM

    As a nurse I've been following the studies on artificial sweeteners for years. They are one of the most studied products actually. And the only genuine scientifically proven problem is in people who have phenylketonuia and use aspartame. Artificial sweeteners in some people trick the brain temporarily to think it is consuming sugar and their blood sugar starts to rise until the brain shortly realizes it isn't sugar and it can't use it so the blood sugar effect is nominal. That being said I don't consume a lot of artificial either as I prefer to avoid processed foods as much as possible. A little is not going to harm anyone. Unlike most people I never drank diet sodas every day and my dessert is usually fruit so I don't have a lot of use for it. But for diabetics and people with similar problems it is all they can use and is safe.

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ZEEDRA 12/14/2011 8:10PM

    I've only been able to give up sugar for any good length of time during extreme circumstances.
So, I believe that ANY kind of sugar, including honey and artificial sweeteners, will trigger binges, even small ones.
There's too long a history of sweets feeding the addictive part of my brain. Thankfully, I'm not addicted to anything else but this more than makes up for all the "interesting" addictions.
So, it's either leave it alone or it won't let me alone.
I'm presently giving in to it because it's the time of year when I typically do so. Nothing to do with socializing. It's pre-Christmas, isolated "snacking".
Actually, I can't use the words "healthy snack" as many people do. To me it's an oxymoron.
Good luck, y'all, with the sugar cessation.

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DEC2DEC 12/13/2011 5:47PM

    I don't do sugars, grains, dairy, or fruit -- none of the stuff that contains natural sugars. Once or twice a week I'll have a soda sweetened with stevia, because I've found that it doesn't trigger binges like other real and artificial sweeteners.

Sugars are really, really, really bad for our bodies.

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GABY1948 12/12/2011 5:08PM

    Karen, I'm with you and I learned long ago that artificial sweeteners are WORSE for us than sugar, believe it or not and actually cause binges...your body is tricked and then it does want the real thing! So you are right! I used to drink like 2 two liter bottles of Diet Pepsi a day (yes, I was NUTS) but now only drink water and never junk.

I had been getting more lax and was "allowing" sweets back into life but that has had detrimental results (weight) so now I am like you and quitting all of it!

Thanks for all your great blogs that have helped me SO much! You are emoticon emoticon

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CATHY629 12/12/2011 4:28PM

    I never take sugar in tea or coffee,but i do like chocolate,i find it easier not to have sweet things in the house,if its there i will eat it, so i just dont buy it.
Trouble is it's everywhere,there is always a good selection of sweets and chocolates right at the checkout in the supermarket to tempt you while you are waiting in the queue to be served.
I notice now that here in the uk they are not allowed to advertise sweets and confectionary on the tv in the commercial breaks on childrens television.
During world war two and after up to 1953 sugar was rationed here in the uk as was meat and butter etc,everyone was a lot healthier then,you never saw many overweight people then.

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FISHINGLADY66 12/12/2011 3:40PM

    I'm not a sweet eater, but I do use the pink sweetener in my coffee. For some reason I have never eaten sugar foods. I don't know why, but I am glad I don't. My problem has always been portion control. If it taste good to me, I just keep eating. I am feeding my mouth hunger, not my stomach hunger. I'm still working on that.

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VINGRAM 12/12/2011 2:33PM

    I'm a Splenda gal.........can't do without it!!!!!!!!! Hugs........me

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GEMINIAN1 12/12/2011 2:06PM

    emoticonHi Karen

I am an "everything in moderation" person.
However, I follow the belief system that, everything can be HOMEMADE into a healthy, real food, version.
I guess, people would argue with me (and they'd sort-of have a point) if I'm a "true" *EVERYTHING* in moderation person because there are all kinds of PACKAGED "foods" that I will not support (couldn't pay me to).
However, in my brain, I don't consider a *ton* of that packaged stuff "food"; so, I have an argument too.
It is scientifically proven that the extra injected molecules and some processing procedures, in some packaged foods, make the *human body* not recognize them as food.

Too bad people's taste buds don't know that, huh?
Even poison berries taste good; but, then you die.

*Any* "craving" I have gets fulfilled ... in my kitchen ... not at McDonald's and Dairy Queen.

I do -not- eat WHITE, I repeat WHITE, sugar.
Or, as I have said, for DECADES, "I don't eat Bleach."
My husband and I eat 100% USDA Certified -Organic- Sugar, Honey, Chocolate, anything from Nature, grown in Nature; yes, yes we do.

In my opinion, what difference do I think it makes?
For me it means, this is something I CAN DO for the rest of my life.
"Everything In Moderation" ...
-I- couldn't do it any other way my friend.

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WOUBBIE 12/12/2011 1:46PM

    When I started low carb I assumed that I just wouldn't be eating anything sweet anymore. Which was fine, because when you don't eat sugar you can taste the natural sweetness of a lot of the other foods.

But a lot of people posted recipes for "substitute" foods - not just stuff with Splenda and Stevia, but things like MIM's and cauliflower pizza crust (still haven't tried that one).

I'm finding that, even if it tastes good it makes me too nostalgic for the "real" thing, so I'm going to avoid doing that in the future. I did try one pumpkin dessert recipe that I really like that has a ton of eggs in it, so I can grab it as a quick breakfast on rushed mornings, but I'm going to lay low on the other things.

If I were a vegetarian I would refuse to eat tofurkey too. :)

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PJSTIME 12/12/2011 1:41PM

    I try an give up the hard core sweets. But I still use those pink packets in my tea and honey in my oatmeal. I rarely drink any soda.

If I stray in eating sweets it just makes me want more. Can you spell ADDICTION. I think this is a problem with any one with a weight problem.

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

We read and search and discuss and gather knowledge and information. Then we put together a Plan for ourselves; a way to eat and live and be healthy. Now and then we stray and get off track, off Plan. We ALL do that.

Just remember Ė We are TRYING. If we werenít trying, we wouldnít succeed nearly as often as we do.

Every meal you eat that is healthy in content and portion is a GIFT to your body. Congratulate yourself for giving that gift to yourself.

When you slide and eat too much of unhealthy foods, that doesnít change the fact of all the times youíve given your body the GIFT of a healthy meal.

So focus on the successes and keep trying. At least talk to yourself the way youíd talk to a friend who was down because sheíd overeaten. Give some encouragement and a reminder that all the GIFTS still count, even if youíre off track now an then. Isnít that what youíd tell your best friend?

As my SP friend, PJSTIME, says, ďItís always too soon to give up.Ē Thanks for that PJ. I think of it daily.


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JUSTJO66 12/12/2011 8:54AM

    Wow! just what I needed this morning. Thanks Karen and PJ for reminding me to be a friend to myself. I can really beat myself up when I fall off the wagon. I've got to remember "it's a way of life" and get rid of my diet mentality.

Good blog for Monday morning. :o)


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IFATFIRST77 12/11/2011 9:17PM

    Thank you Karen and PJ, all of that was just what I needed to hear.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/11/2011 10:55AM

    I totally agree. Sometimes it helps me to recall former times when I got no exercise at all and ate no breakfast, a calorie/fat/carb laden lunch, a starchy supper, and candy snacks. I've come a long way.

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FISHINGLADY66 12/10/2011 10:08PM

    I agree Karen... We are TRYING or we would not be here on SparkPeople. Let's never give up. We have too much invested in ourselves and our health. We are worth it. Yes we are.

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VINGRAM 12/10/2011 6:28PM

    Good quote from PJ.

I agree........never give up! Fall down 7 times; get up 8. emoticon

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GEMINIAN1 12/10/2011 12:20PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
I hope that you're having a really great day my friend.

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GABY1948 12/10/2011 11:00AM

    That is SO true and I for one, can NEVER be reminded too frequently! Thanks so much, Karen! I cherish our friendship and all the nuggets of advice I receive from you and people like PJ! emoticon

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PJSTIME 12/10/2011 9:31AM

    If we give up we never will succeed. We made have set backs but I won't give up. You are correct we should talk to ourselves with a pep talk like we would a friend. After all we should be our own best friends.

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DEBIBLUE72 12/10/2011 9:19AM

    we are always kinder to others then we are to ourselves. we deserve better. thank you for reminding me of that. emoticon

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GOOSIEMOON 12/10/2011 9:11AM

    SO TRUE!

For me, being kind to myself is the biggest part of this new lifestyle, and having a plan is part of that journey.

If you are not used to self-kindness, it may feel foreign at first, but will feel more natural over time. Practice, practice, practice!

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NELLJONES 12/10/2011 8:43AM

    I never thought about sticking to a Plan as a kindness to myself but it is.

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JKURJACK1944 12/10/2011 8:31AM

    You are right. I have not been kind to myself when I go off track and I have been doing it a lot lately. Thank you for reminding me that I have accomplished a great deal.

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MISSPEACHES3 12/10/2011 8:13AM

    Hi Kren,
Thanks for this timely reminder. I needed it this morning.


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