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Much Ado About Nothing

Sunday, March 13, 2011

I just read a topic posted on the Spark Business Community Team about posting your points early.

Seems that it bothers some folks that others are posting their points ahead of time, seemingly in the food department.

So I read these comments, and this is what I have come up with.

It is all Much Ado About Nothing!

I mean, why should I care if someone posts points ahead of time?? I mean, what business is it of MINE?

I have enough on my plate (pun intended) without policing others.

It is totally MY business what points I log for my food, exercise, water, etc.

After all, who am I trying to lose weight for? MYSELF. I cannot lose weight or cut calories for any one else. And I am certainly not willing or interested in policing others.

I have no interest in the Spark Police coming to my house.

I have teammates to encourage, support and interact with, and they give the same back to me.

The key here is ENCOURAGE!!! Not snipe at one another.

I am not competing with anyone other than myself.

We each have joined Spark for our own reasons. Some to lose weight, some to learn healthier ways of living, some to ward off loneliness.

Does it really matter WHY we join? Isn't the fact that we joined enough?

This thing is a "to thine own self be true" process, and any other opinions are MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING.

So I will stay with my teams, my friends and my coaches. I will bring what I can to the banquet of life on Spark.

But I will NOT participate in finger pointing.

I think this entire subject ought to be taboo.

Now, I think I have said my piece. Time to work out.

Love you guys!!! WE can do it!!!

  
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GRANDMACOO 3/13/2011 11:04PM

    I'm caught in this "HUH?" moment. I often track my points for the day before consuming them, but only so I follow my plan. I didn't know it was a big deal for anyone.

On the other hand, I didn't know that I could buy goodies with my points, so I wasn't using them for anything except keeping myself on the straight and narrow. emoticon

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NOTFATCAT 3/13/2011 6:48PM

    HUH??
You are right about encouagement and self realization.


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NOLAZYBUTT110 3/13/2011 5:13PM

    You are so right! Its Much ado about NOTHING! Because its a tracker and who cares when you get the points, except those who are competing for it! NOT me! Tracking is second nature for me, and losing weight and eating right is more my style and the true measure of the whole idea for tracking them, not points! Points for me are nothing because they dont give you cash in the bank! Or help you lsoe the weight ahead of time. lol That would be different if your were being paid to lose! Then I would say it was cheating for monetary gain, but theres no real gain here if you get points before you loss weight or food eaten. LMAO! Big time! Truly a waste of time worrying about it. Only kids worry about such petty things! Yo Cry baby is what they are! susan

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LOUANN22 3/13/2011 5:01PM

    When I read your blog I was kinda confused on the whole situation lol. People are policing spark points for the food trackers? Thats some crazy talk. and I've heard ALOT of crazy talk especially in my job. Its one of those things that people apparently have nothing better to do. Rock on and keep on keepin on! emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/13/2011 4:55PM

    Crazy what people will find to get worked up about. It really is much ado about nothing! We all have the freedom to use this site in whatever way works best for us, and that is how it should be. There are far more important things in my life than that. Well said!

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MAMASUDS 3/13/2011 4:36PM

    When I plan my meals for the week, it appears as if I have already eaten those calories for that day, but if when the day arrives I don't follow my plan, I make the needed adjustments and deletions in the evening before going to bed. It is afterall, as you point out, there as a tool for me to use. Planning is oh so important and I can only plan a specific recipe if I can add it to my tracker before I eat it. I could care less about the points. I guess I never thought about the fact that it is racking up points - ahead of time. Wow! I didn't realize some people consider it a life changing competition. I'm sticking with you on this one. Life as usual. Watch out fat cells, here we come!

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LUNADRAGON 3/13/2011 4:10PM

    I agree. It is lovely to be able to copy a favorite meal and post it for the whole week, if that is what you do. I have done that with my typical morning fare - coffee, milk, sugar, and vitamins. It made it easier because it was on my daily menu about 80% of the time.

Spark points are fun, but like anything else, along that line, it is for fun, and encouragement.

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LYDIASPURPLE 3/13/2011 4:07PM

    I like you too! And I say RIGHT ON! It is much ado about nothing. We all have our own unique or not so unique reasons why we are here. We are checking ourselves out. If it appears people cheat(?) the end results for then will be the end results for them.

We will handle out own business and the SP take care of theirs.

Oh yes we can!
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EMGERBER 3/13/2011 4:05PM

    Spark points do not really matter to me, just as long as I have enough to buy goodies for other members. I totally agree with your comments.

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ANOTHER POUND BITES THE DUST!!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

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Today is weigh in. Usually that means stress. Not today.

This past week I have been doing what I should be doing all the time.

I stopped eating when I had had enough.

I got in a lot of exercise.

I drank at a minimum of 8 glasses of water each day.

I logged in every single bite of food I put in my mouth.............well, ALMOST every bite.

I got into my jeans, zipped them and buttoned them without having to lay on the bed. I can even BREATHE with my jeans on! AND I don't have much of a muffin top at all when I wear them.

I KNEW my weight was down.

So far, in three weeks, I have thrown away 4 pounds. That's a good thing, as Martha would say.

But WAIT! There's MORE!

Yesterday I had to do some Costco shopping for milk.

I got the milk, then browsed through the clothing section. They had sports bras, 2 per package, at a VERY good price. Picked up a package of them.

Then I saw these really neat sweaters for $12.97. Picked up one of them, too.

BTW.........you ARE aware, aren't you, that when the cost of something at Costco ends in a 7 that that is the lowest price they will have the item, and it won't be continued stock? I always look for the 7.

My mind tried to trick me into "browsing" through the chocolate covered raisins, macadamia nuts, cashews. I reached for the chocolate covered macadamias, and then said "NO!" really loud.

I pulled my arm back just in time. The container did not get into my cart! emoticon

Then I go past the mixed nuts, temptation again. "NO!" outloud helped again.

I zoomed to the check out, paid for my three items, and got out of there.

What a VICTORY!!! emoticon TO ME AND SPARK!!

  
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MAMASUDS 3/13/2011 2:58PM

    Congrats! That is awesome! So glad the weight is coming off and you are full of energy. Chocolate covered nuts are the hardest for me. That is one thing that just isn'T allowed in my home. I will invariably eat the whole bag in nothing. One handful at a time, they keep calling me back. It is seriously an addiction, and just as an AA member doesn't keep beer in the fridge, I don't dare put those chocolate covered nuts in the shopping cart. Thanks for proving that we can do it! You are the best!

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TOWHEE 3/12/2011 9:47PM

    Good job! emoticon

I was going to write to you tonight and see how you are doing. This blog answered all my questions.
DH went to Costco yesterday unplanned. The first I knew of it was when he called and asked if I wanted more Cod (they were out last time we were in the store). He did pick up some foods that I'd rather not have in the house, but I've been good about leaving them alone (at least for now).

Keep up the good work.

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NOTFATCAT 3/12/2011 8:55PM

    WTG!!!
Doesn't it feel good to do what is right and be rewarded for it?
Keep going in this direction.
And, I did NOT know about the Costco 7. Thanks.

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RUFFIT 3/12/2011 8:36PM

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NOLAZYBUTT110 3/12/2011 7:52PM

    Glad you could resist the Chocolate Candies! But NUTs are actually good for you... walnuts and pecans the least amount of fat, but a good fat! Thanks for the info on Costco. I have not been there in a while, may start going again. I did not know that about the 7!

But will tell you something.... retailers know, if its displayed first thing as you come in the store you will be more enticed to buy it! But also if you DONT touch it, you have less chance of buying it, so train yourself not to TOUCH things, because the more you FEEL somethings the more chances you will BUY IT! Also dont go when they are baking Bake goods or barbecuing a Chicken , unless you want those items; because when you smell things being baked or cooked you will browse longer and BUY more! Becasue smelling baked goods makes you feel more comfortable (liek your HOME) and you will tend to browse longer and the longer You BROWSE , the more you spend! So your best bet, spend less time in the store, just get what you want and leave; because the longer your in a store, the more chances are you will FILL up your cart! Also if there is a choice of sizes of carts, always choose the smaller one, because the bigger the cart, the more you will buy; so best to pick up a small carrier basket, because people who grab those smaller containers wont buy more than what they hold! Good to remember (My son is in Retail, so I know those tricks!) Also, never take a sample of stuff because many people are entice to, but will feel guilty about taking a sample without buying the item! So to stifle the urges of GUILT will buy that item! Its why the Retailers have such samples available, because they know about GUILT! (Retailers knwo that too!) So the mroe sampeks you have the mroe times your targ=eted and will buy those items!

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/12/2011 6:07PM

    emoticon for you on the loss and on that victory at Costco! There are things that call my name there, too. Thanks for the pricing tip, I did not realize that. I will be keeping an eye out for those 7s now. You are doing great, Sandy!

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HEALTHYNCURVY 3/12/2011 2:27PM

    That IS an accomplishment to say no to the mixed nuts! Good Job! emoticon

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Nothing Can Stand In My Way Except ME!!

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Okay. My body and I have had a long talk.

We need to keep our motivation and positive attitudes.

Yesterday I went to the Doc to get the test results from the MRI/MRA on my head.

Some of you already know that I have been having terrible pains in my head. Not headaches; localized PAIN. Also blurry vision at times. Hence, the tests.

This has been going on with me for a number of years, but now it is much more severe and frequent.

The good news is that I have no tumors or aneurysm. That's good.

The bad news is that they are suspecting a nerve disease going on. Not much can be done about that except to have injections to hopefully take away the pain. It is called Occipital Neuritis.

There is a concern that PERHAPS that the disease has gone into the main optical nerve. That means I could possibly lose my vision.

More tests were done yesterday, and I will be going back in a couple of weeks to find out the results.

IN THE MEANTIME, I will continue living my life to the fullest.

I have absolutely no intention of laying around and feeling sorry for myself. Rather, my plan is to just keep on doing what I have been doing.

I will walk with my dog, explore trails I have yet to traverse, and do my art work.

I will continue to eat healthfully, exercise, and laugh out loude at least once a day.

I will attend Quilt Club, and make quilts (which I love doing!) for the kids battling cancer. I will even make quilts for myself, family and friends.

I will continue to look for different birds along the trails, and pay heed to their birdsong. That is always so very joyful.

I truly believe attitude is everything. If I keep joy in my heart, my mind will follow.

If I keep laughter as a part of my life, the little things won't be so annoying.

I'm the type of person that takes illnesses with a grain of salt, but let me break a shoe lace, and I'm all wrinkled up.

Have you ever noticed that big things are taken with calmness and acceptance, but when we burn the toast it is a big deal, and can ruin our entire day??

I love the saying "Don't sweat the small stuff. And it is ALL small stuff!

Now I must get off the computer and participate in my day.

Have a great one,! emoticon

  
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GRANDMACOO 3/9/2011 6:43AM

    Our Mom used to say that "laughter is good for the liver". I'm not sure where she came up with that, but we know it is good for our psyche and well-being. Positive attitudes help heal; I admire your spirit.

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KAYDE53 3/8/2011 2:52PM

    Your good news IS good news!! Maybe, regarding your bad news, the diagnosis or prognosis will change. Or perhaps, they will come up with more or different treatments. Either way, you are taking the high road with the right attitude; that can make all the difference!!! You are in my thoughts & prayers!!! Keep taking the walks & making the quilts!! Good for you!! emoticon

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NOTFATCAT 3/8/2011 2:19PM

    So sorry for what the docs have found. I know you will research and get additional tests and opinions before setting your course.
Chin up and smile on.

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/8/2011 12:20PM

    My friend, I am glad that there are no tumors or aneurysm--that is good news. I am praying, however, that this has not gone into the main optical nerve and that the injections or other treatment they come up with will take care of the pain. Keep me posted on the results of the additional tests, please. Attitude IS everything, and you have an awesome one. Love you, my FBC!

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ON2VICTORY 3/8/2011 12:18PM

    wow, you have some REAL strength! I dont know what it is but I have seen people battle some very serious conditions and take it with poise and grace i have yet to understand and then the rest of us like you said burn the toast and pow, it sets our day off to a bad start.

its all about the perspective.

you are a saint.

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A GOOD REASON TO WALK

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Hey Sportsfans.

Have you lost your momentum to get out and walk?

This time of year is especially wonderful and exciting to be walking outdoors.

Yes, the March wind shall blow, and perhaps we'll have snow, and what will Poor Robin do then?

He'll climb right into the nicely cleaned birdhouse I have hanging, and he can begin making his nest with the small fabric strips and scraps I have laid out for him.

The wind is bound to make you feel more energetic, as you inhale all that fresh air.

So WHAT if it is raining a little? Rain makes the flowers grow, remember?

Winnie and I were walking today, and we saw all kinds of bulbs, buds and fresh greenery this morning.

Spring is definitely on the way, folks!

Go on out there and watch for all the new birds singing and chirping, see all sorts of new life appearing.

Guaranteed to get you out of the winter doldrums!!
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MNABOY 3/7/2011 11:13PM

    Saw a few plots of daffodils in the woods and went exploring to see what had been there and had a real good time.

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DIANESMILES 3/7/2011 12:53AM

    Oh you give me HOPE, but we are STILL in WINTAH here (Maine) but another 3 weeks and MAYBE we will start to warm up ! Maybe????? I HOPE ! But, walking OH YEAH !!! I am still doing it inside. I live in a highrise and I am SURE my neighbors love it cos they make supporting and loving comments to urge me on. Most of them are 20 to 30 years older than I am and so they love this. I can't wait to see the flowers and robins again thanks for the H O P E ! LOL we NEED it after THIS WINTAH !

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/6/2011 1:45PM

    So true! It feels so good to get outside and move, and the signs of spring are peeking through if we just look.

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NOTFATCAT 3/6/2011 12:26PM

    You are so right. I advocate to everyone to walk daily but lately I haven't taken my own advice. Until yesteray, that is. I walked 2.34 miles in a light to heavy mist. It felt really good.
Today I'm off for another after breakfast.

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At least now I KNOW!!

Friday, March 04, 2011

















  
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14JESUSGIRL 3/6/2011 5:19PM

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/5/2011 7:50PM

    Love your sense of humor!!! Thanks for the laugh...I am getting some extra Dawn dish liquid just for the shower!! No more extra volume and body for me!!!
Hope you are having a great weekend!!!
Hugs,
Helen

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CHRISTURTLE 3/5/2011 5:09PM

    Think maybe I'll start using my dishwash liquid too, lol. That is just so funny, really made my morning. Thank you. emoticon

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NOLAZYBUTT110 3/5/2011 9:32AM

    I could not read the writing, it was too small for me to read, but if I get the oicture..... pork fat was caused by shampoo? lol

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BEVPRESLEY 3/4/2011 10:07PM

    Thanks for the tip. Think I will try some Dawn.

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GRANDMA1951 3/4/2011 12:44PM

    I loved it!!! Sometimes you really need a laugh. Thanks for being so uplifting.

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/4/2011 12:42PM

    Ah, my friend, you made my morning--thanks for the chuckle! That DOES explain a lot, LOL!

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ELIZABETH_SKY 3/4/2011 12:14PM

    Haha, lovely :)

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MARYLQ11 3/4/2011 12:09PM

  I like your sense of humor

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