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Been a while

Sunday, March 02, 2014

It's been a while since I've visited Spark People. I seem to go in fits and starts. I really need to step up my game.

I tend to get bored after a while but I have a new computer and I notice that the start page has changed and things appear so much more convenient and motivating. This is awesome because I have felt SP site slow because it is graphic intensive and I don't like have to click here and there to get everything done.

While I was exploring the new updates, I also made the decision to unsub from a ton of teams. It would be nice to just click something for interests without bothering with a team. Ah well... I also unsubbed from digests, emails and cleared my inbox. I took away the bg pic of my sp page and i don't feel so crowded anymore haha

I have lost almost 25 lbs. I actually did hit that marker but it lasted only a short while which is fine. I'm fine with that because I know I hit it and I'll hit is again soon. With the time change next week and hopefully it won't be much longer (although I hear otherwise) for spring... I have run into a fellow teacher who goes to the same nutritionist as me and she's lost 40lbs and looks fantastic. Motivating for sure!

We'll see what happens :)

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ARINDANA 3/3/2014 9:37PM

    Thanks Helene!

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    emoticon And emoticon on losing 25lbs!! That's emoticon


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I miss Shadow

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Sadly, my cat Shadow passed away Friday morning at the vets. She went in for a tooth removal and died within 30 seconds of going under.

She shall be greatly missed. Cleo is having a hard time and wouldn't eat much except a little bit of canned food yesterday. Today she ate some kibble so that's good. Gracie is eating normal but she's pretty quiet too. Too quiet around here.

I haven't had much appetite but I am eating... normally ... which still needs improvement. *sigh*

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AMANDA_YVONNE 10/22/2012 2:22PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. I had to say goodbye to my dog yesterday. It leaves a big hole in your heart. You aren't alone, I will be sending positive energy your way.

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1STATEOFDENIAL 10/21/2012 9:20PM

    My condolences. My cat Tane and I also know the pain of losing a sister/furbaby from the difficulties of pet anethesia. My little girl Cleo was lost after developing pneumonia from the anesthsia of being fixed and declawed. It's very hard on pets to be put under. I have a different vet now (I've since moved to a new state) and they're trying to convince me to put my cat under so they can do a deep cleaning on his teeth, but I'm terrified of losing him too.

Pets mourn their family just as we do. Never, ever let anyone tell you that you shouldn't grieve the loss; you lost a loving member of your family and it will take you and your pets awhile to learn to move on with her in your memories.

Hug Cleo and Gracie and be kind to yourself.

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LINOVER 10/21/2012 5:17PM

    Sorry for your loss! emoticon

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SPARKYCARLEY 10/21/2012 4:59PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. HUGS

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EVERLEARNING 10/21/2012 11:41AM

    So sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful cat.

Take good care of yourself and your kitties.


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    Sorry for your loss... emoticon

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Spark Coach

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Well I'm on day 13 of the Spark Coach trial and I am still wondering if I should pay for it or just let it be.

I have found little difference between the regular site and this. One difference, however, is the simplicity of it whereas the regular site has just sooo much info. I do like that aspect. Plus knowing if I pay for it, I'm much more apt to log my food and exercise. So that is also a plus side. The downside is that I think I should be getting more for my buck you know? Especially if SP on Live Mind is going to be done soon. (Too bad as I really liked that!)

I'll have to make a decision for tomorrow. Any thoughts? Have you signed up? How do you think it benefits you or doesn't?

Incidentally, I have the apps on my ipod touch and my kobo (android based) and I really am not caring for them. I wish the apple version allowed barcode scanning as my kobo doesn't have a camera. I find Myfitnesspal app much better even if it isn't as colourful or pretty. Have you tried the SP app yet?

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1STATEOFDENIAL 9/16/2012 11:42PM

    Have you tried a pros and cons list? Do you believe this will help keep you on a healthier path, or will you be able to maintain your progress without spending the money? I haven't signed up for sparkcoach (probably won't even do the trial) so I can't give my opinion on it. But if it's possible to not pay for it now but sign up later and pay for it, if you choose, then that's something you can consider.

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IYA_EKUNDAYO 9/16/2012 7:26PM

    I have signed up for Spark Coach. I like Emma find that I do pay attention more to the articles and participate more now. I have not asked any questions, but it is comforting to me to know that when I need to I can.

I do not have a pone that works with aps so I do not use any apps whatsoever.

I like the fact that I am giving back to Spark, which is wonderful site. I am going to continue with Spark Coach.

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EMMACORY 9/16/2012 7:11PM

    I signed up for the plan. I thought I would do it for 2-3 months to see if long term it made a difference. I do pay more attention. I also have submitted a couple of questions. The answers have been somewhat helpful. Overall it keeps me focus a bit more.

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My Fitness Pal

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Below is a comment I wrote on someone's blog re MFP. They weren't sure about SP vs MFP.

"I'm not sure what to tell you. I can only tell you what I've done. I have been a member of SP for over 5 years now or more. I loved entering food data. I've also been a member of MFP for 2-3 years as well as a friend moved from SP to there because it was less graphic intensive.

I've been horrible at tracking food on either site. But lately, I've gone back to MFP for the diary only (actually just last week!) for a couple of reasons.

- The computers at work are very slow so going to SP wastes my day as I wait for the page to load in.
- The simple lack of graphics at MFP is appealing.
- I just got a kobo vox for christmas and just installed both the MPF & SP apps. I also did this on my new ipod touch. I have to say that MPF app is far superior to SP's even if has only 2 colours and no graphics. The barcode scanner alone is worth it.
- I can manually enter calories consumed without having to enter a product or recipe.
- I've also discovered (and perhaps because of the barcode scanner) that I don't have to personally input as much as I do have to with SP.
- A lot of inaccuracies in data on SP by users.
- as for exercise... I am not sure about that yet for either. I think SP might be better on that score.

What I do prefer about SP is the community, blog, personal page, articles, daily spark page, recipes, etc. I also am a member of the live classes which I thoroughly enjoy. I almost feel like I'm betraying SP by tracking food over at MFP but hey... when it comes to ease of use and speed... at this point, that takes precedence. I am not on a computer a lot these days (sick of my computer to be honest). so this will allow me to take just a few minutes to track. Whereas, it takes from 5 - 30 minutes to track on SP.

Good luck in your decision!"

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MISSCUS 3/28/2014 7:29PM

    I've been using MFP for several months, it is far more accurate, especially since I add my own foods/recipes for my own database, and set up the calories and nutrients based on an ounce of food, or two tablespoons, and it always depends on the food/recipe, which has to be measured either by ounce or TBSPs to determine the nutrients/calories per 1 ounce serving. It is kind of hard to determine a 1 cup portion of Marie Callender's Lasagne, just an example, however once you read the box, and then do the math, and enter it in by the ounce, then weight your portion, and enter 11.5 servings of 1 ounce portions, then you get a lot more accuracy, especially when trying to track an accurate intake of calories and nutrients. First figure out the number of ounces in the entire package of food, calculate the total number of calories and nutrients in the entire package of whatever food or recipe. Then take each nutrient or calorie and divide the total amount by the number of ounces, that amount you enter into the MFP food nutrients, and is based on per ounce serving.
Does that make sense?

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HERE2BME 4/7/2013 7:49PM

  I have been using MFP tracker for about a month, love it! As far as loyalty goes, my health and body take precedence.

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POLAR_SPARK_AQ1 3/26/2013 1:23PM

    I think it would be nice (good for all) if the two sites would link up. I like the depth of the SP site and the streamlined functionality of MFP. And that both link to BodyMedia Fit, a unit worn on body for individualized output on a multitude of areas.

SP has added some pretty annoying fluff that is distracting. Agreed?

Comment edited on: 3/26/2013 1:24:49 PM

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KGWINDER 8/18/2012 12:59PM

    Just curious have you seen Fitday?
This was one of the trackers that I used early on, but SP got my attention due to the community.

I don't have an IPhone yet, but plan to someday (race is on between the phone or a Nook), however I highly encourage you to on the What's Up at SP community message board to note the reasons why the app is not as good and to ask for a toggle for a quick load environment.

Just know I was pretty excited to see you blogging this week. The reality is I want to see you healthy and I'm sure you know tracking is super important not just for the calories - but for the nutrition you do get and that that we shouldn't. I'm really faithful about my logging, because the lower I go on calories the more important this becomes AND I've maintained normal iron levels on diet alone all via the tracker.
I'll give you hints on entering just calories alone - under personally entered food you can add a "food" - Fudge Factor 100 etc ( which under mine is FF50, FF100, FF150, FF200, FF500...then on entering you just click for foods you've entered and type in FF and this list comes up..if I need 300 I can just enter FF200 and FF100. I do this to outline my day and then go back later to fill in reality. I do this less now, as I've better at pre planning.

So happy if you find a tool that works for you. Come around and visit us from time to time so we know you are well!

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LHLADY517 8/15/2012 5:02PM

    Most of my foods that I track are what I enter myself, so I'm not sure how easy it would be to move my SP food database anywhere else.

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SPARKYCARLEY 8/15/2012 4:49PM

    I feel the same about the SP app. I installed it on my BB, and without even knowing what the apps for other sites are like, I stopped using the SP one right away. It just frustrated me. I haven't tried MFP, but I may check it out. Sounds interesting. I know what you mean though about the loyalty feeling. I feel like I'm cheating on my partner. Weird. That being said, I have been using a site called Calorie Count for several years. Their database of foods and fitness items are way more extensive than SP. I go over there and look things up in their database and then come back here & input them into my favorites. They are also less graphic intensive, and they are a lot more logical and user friendly when it comes to finding stuff and features.

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NDTEACHER1 8/15/2012 12:56AM

    Good blog.

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Progress without a scale

Monday, April 09, 2012

Further to tonight's LIVE class, I had an additional thought on how I knew I was doing well or making progress without looking at a scale.

I recall shopping last fall in Penningtons and came across a young woman who I estimated to be in her early twenties. She talked about getting the Band for her stomach. She was tired of no energy and having knee problems and what not. She could barely walk.

I always feel shocked when I hear about other people, esp when that young, having those issues esp if they weigh less than me. I am 5'2" in the morning and I'm just over 260lbs. My highest was 271 which was actually not too long ago. Within the last 12 months. I don't have these issues. Not really. I can walk with ease (when my heel spur is behaving and 5 years ago I had plantar fasciitis). I can go up and down stairs with ease (although I go more slowly up to ensure I'm not gasping at the top). I do admit to having troubles going down stairs until I've warmed up. But generally after a week or 2 of walking, that prob is eliminated.

I can get down on the floor and back up (although I have to roll over to my knees and hang onto something for support most of the time). I can cross the street quickly. I don't get winded going up my driveway. And I can go to a Zumba class (well before my foot problem which was ironically caused by zumba) and do an hour of intense dansing and not gasp for air! I love to dance so I guess that's the key. I can stand at a concert for 4 hours and be fine. I can go to Universal Studios and walk around all day (ok before the heel spur haha)

All of this is ironic because I was born with a hip problem. My hips aren't formed correctly and my whole thigh bone on both legs turns in at approx 40 degrees including the knee cap.

But then maybe it was because I had an active childhood even if it pained my hips and legs. Maybe this girl at the store didn't have that active childhood. Maybe she's genetically pre-disposed to be that way with aches and pains. I don't know.

But even knowing people's stories, it still amazes me.

OK now I'm talking in circles. LOL

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CANDOK1260 4/10/2012 7:14AM

    Loe this blog very insightful

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    It's good that you recognize the things you CAN do and the positives. It is scary to hear people talk about the drastic measures to lose weight... Keep up the great work and have a fabulous week!!


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