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The Official Announcement

Friday, May 13, 2011

Well, I'll have to let the other parties involved comment on their own, but I guess it's time I said something.

Yes. It's true. The innuendo, the rumors, all of it.

I have two sisters on SparkPeople with me. Yes, that's right. AMYLONGHORN and CASAM1985 and I are sisters. We all rented the same womb, though at different times.

And not only on SparkPeople! They're doing the 5% Challenge with me!

And not only on the 5% Challenge! They're also Starfish with me!

I know what you're thinking. How could this happen? How DID this happen?

Well, I'll tell you. When I joined the site in 2007, I got super-excited and told the two girls about it. They joined shortly after and then promptly dropped it. During my first 5% Challenge, I went to Orlando with Amy, and I was talking about my Challenge all the time, and it sounded like fun to her, so next time around, I emailed her and said, hey, sign up for the challenge and be a Starfish so we can hang out on the site. So she did.

Right after we started, we mentioned it to Anna. At this point, it was late signups, so she had, like, negative 18 hours to think about it and decide. Because her schedule is already merciless, she declined with such short notice, but said to ask her again for the next one. So we did. And she signed up, too.

Let's see. What else might you want to know? There's 35 months distributed amongst the three of us. That means for one month a year, we're stairsteps, but right now, I'm 28, Amy's 27 and Anna's 25.

I sometimes call Anna Bananas, but I don't think Amy does. Not that I blame her, since it's a little silly. Truthfully, I only did it a couple times, my husband thought it was hilarious, so now he sort of keeps me doing it. And even though it is silly, I also think it's cute.

In spite of this, it should be known that Anna does NOT like bananas. But she does like the banana-shaped Runts.

We heart each other very much!!! And I LOVE having the two of them on the Challenge with me, and I'm super-proud of them!

Any other questions, please ask one of us. =)

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 5/16/2011 1:07PM

    Ooh, i'm 26 and fit right in with your stair steps! Can I be your sister? lol!
I'm so jealous! I have three brothers and always wanted a sister. I have a sister-in-law now, but she lives in Philadelphia so it's not the same. plus she has a real sister so doesn't seem to go for my "sis" talk! I guess i'm too eager!

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ELLENSUN 5/16/2011 11:00AM

    Ha Ha. I have an older (by 4 1/2 years) sister named Anna and we (five siblings in our family) used to call her "Anna Banana".

I used to eat jelly out of the jar with a spoon and my childhood nickname, which I *hated* was Ellie, so my jingle became, "Ellie's belly's full of smelly jelly", which I always thought was hilarious! I was also called "cafeteria line" because I was always nibbling. But I was always a skinny-mini as a kid, so I never cared.

Glad you're enjoying having your sisters on the site!!

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ROCKPORT9 5/13/2011 3:15PM

    You are a great inspiration and motivator for your sisters! Good for all of you!

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HAKAPES 5/13/2011 2:25PM

    You rally SPARK to have them here with you!
Super great, all of you! :-)
Rented the same womb - :-D
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LOLA_98CHIC 5/13/2011 2:21PM

    Yay emoticon! emoticon

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ANNASBF 5/13/2011 2:00PM

    AHHHHHH..... hanging with Anna Bananas!!! Excellent... I would so rather do that than run for sure.... especially since you can feel the closeness you sisters share!!! Excellent!

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10K in NYC

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Today is like Friday for me, because I don't have to work tomorrow. I am going to New York this weekend to walk the UAE 10K in Central Park this weekend. It benefits the National Kidney Foundation. My husband is going to RUN it, but my sister and I are walking it.

It's my first "race." I wish I liked running. I tried. I really did! But I just couldn't enjoy it! My husband really enjoys it and has done the Marine Corps Marathon along with many smaller races. It seems like a waste though, that I'm going to this race and I can't run it, but I found out I was going a week ago, so I didn't exactly have time to train. Maybe being in the thick of it, instead of holding the camera, will inspire me to RUN it next year!

And apart from the race, the trip is going to be SO MUCH FUN. Hanging with Bananas emoticon and also introducing her to some of my colleagues is going to be a BLAST!!!

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4LEEFCLOVER 5/13/2011 10:14PM

    How fun to share your adventure with some of your family! I hope you all do well and enjoy yourselves. Maybe you'll burn enough calories to enjoy a special restaurant meal somewhere great! Sounds exhilarating. Drink plenty of water before the race!

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BEATLETOT 5/13/2011 1:49PM

    Hi, AnnasBF! Bananas is my most recent pet name for my sister. Sorry for the confusion!

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ANNASBF 5/13/2011 1:28PM

    Is Hanging with Bananas code for something? Someone? Is that something I should do? Am I making a fool of myself here somehow? Won't be the first time.... how did the pizza thing work out from your intro... I'm behind the curve right now so I need some remediation on your Tot-ness exploits..... good luck on the run day which also has probably passed as well..... but my heart is in the right place... counts? Hmmm?

You have a fun way of expressing yourself, love it!

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AMYLONGHORN 5/13/2011 12:07PM

riously, yall have fun, take pictures, and be sure your goofy husband takes pictures with Anna and not just with her cat! LOL

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SASSACAIA 5/13/2011 11:07AM

    Yay! Have fun! It sounds awesome!

Don't beat yourself up too badly about not liking running. I'm not a runner either. It's so much more important to find something you enjoy!

Have a great weekend! emoticon

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HAKAPES 5/13/2011 10:56AM

    Sounds great to me to walk along! That is also a lot of calories burned in 10K! I've never been to Central Park or NYC - I would love if you take some pictures and post it here!

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SWEETNSKINNY 5/12/2011 11:19PM

    Have a GREAT time!!!! I definitely think the race will inspire always does that for me!

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LINDEE6 5/12/2011 9:23PM

    It sounds like you have a wonderful weekend ahead of you! I'll be cheering you on from afar!

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CASAM1985 5/12/2011 8:59PM

    I'm SOOOO excited to see you and the BIL. Stabler is excited to see him too! I don't like running either, I get shin splints and am miserable for days when I try, but I'm willing to jog some to beat your colleagues!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 5/12/2011 7:19PM

    whoops - had your page open and apparently it took me like 20 minutes to actually post a i'm not sure which sentence you deleted or if my comment now makes no sense?

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 5/12/2011 7:17PM

    Awesome! Which sister is walking with you? I see below that Ruth noted you have ANOTHER sis on here. I'm so jeal!

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BEATLETOT 5/12/2011 6:48PM

    Oh, I deleted that sentence! Leave it to my editor friend to pick up on the inconsistent information!

My organization is generously sponsoring any of its employees who participate in the race. That's how I wound up agreeing to do it in the first place! Usually I'm the one at the finish line with the camera!

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RUTHXG 5/12/2011 6:45PM

    Hey, I didn't know you had ANOTHER sister among the Starfish! That is SO cool--I wish my sisters would join me here too.

I think just walking a 10K will be a really excellent achievement--6.2+ miles is nothing to sneeze at!

Have a super-fun time in NYC! How is it that your work colleagues will be part of the mix?


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MARTY728 5/12/2011 6:44PM

    Have a wonderful weekend. emoticon emoticon

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GRYPHON55 5/12/2011 6:44PM

    Have fun in NYC and Central Park will be so pretty this time of year!

Don't feel bad if you don't like running, really! Find a sport or exercise that you do love, there are so many choices. If you are thinking about running, realize you don't ever have to race or go fast. You can just chug along at your own pace, enjoy the flowers, and the fresh air. That's what I do!

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Not Such a Good Day

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

First of all, my streaks are both over. It was time. I went over by less than 100 calories, so it's not such a big deal, and I'm okay with it. I am trying to expand my streaks each time, so it's actually kind of a relief to know I don't have to go too far next time!

And my trigger food blog wasn't very useful today. I wound up with a cookie and chips today. Since when do my colleagues eat chips? I've been offered chips every day this week! My colleagues are not usually chip eaters, but maybe I gave them my chips desire when I tried to give it up.

At least I stayed away from the chocolate.

There were other things, too. I saw a very bad accident on my way to work today, involving an SUV and a motorcycle. The motorcyclist was on the ground. I called 911, just because you hear those stories about people not calling because they think somebody else must have called, but in the end, no one does, you know? But it made me feel bad and sad and a little weird.

And Big Sammy tested heartworm positive. So he can't go to my friend's house for at least a month while he gets treated. My friend is your typical manly-man, not one to show emotions, but you can see he's a little shaken by this development, and I think it's kind of sweet, since he hasn't met the dog yet.

So today wasn't so great, but I'm all right, just a little tired, and tomorrow will be better.

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ANNASBF 5/13/2011 1:21PM

    I once saw an accident like that, same type motorcycle vs car, and it does affect you for quite some time afterwards. I think it is an overwhelming feeling of compassion... for the victim, the family of the victim, because of the knowledge that their life will be changed at least for the short term maybe longer... all that stuff. I am also glad you are the one who was there in way because the willingness to act is sometimes the most difficult behavior to get people to do. I hope someone like you is near if I ever have such a situation in my life.

As for the day you had, well, I agree, some days are just like that, I'm glad it is already yesterday! Hope today is better.

Take care.

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CASAM1985 5/11/2011 11:56PM

    The sun'll come out, on Saturday, when we will walk a 10k in Centra-aa-aal Paaaaark. Just thinkin' about, Saturday, makes teaching worries fly away, till it's daaaaark. When I think of a day, that's grey and lone-ly, I just lift up my chin, and grin, and saaaaaaayyyyy: Brenda, my sister, I love ya, my sister, you're only 2 days away.

Have a better Thursday! Call me if you have time between the hours of: 11:45-2:30 or after 5.

Love you.

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BLEIGH711 5/11/2011 10:36PM

    Time to start a new worries. Accidents are scary, you did a good thing. Hope big Sammy gets well soon

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JENBELLE 5/11/2011 10:16PM

    Sounds like a "full moon" kind of day! You've been awesome with your streaks though! emoticon

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 5/11/2011 9:57PM

    I know what you mean about the accidents thing! I always call 911 just to be safe... I don't care if it's their 10th call about the same thing, it's better to be safe than sorry. Then I always remember those stories you hear about calling 911 and being put on hold/busy signal.... never happened to me though!
Sorry to hear about Big Sammy but at least he will get the treatment he needs... stinks that it takes so long to treat though.
And I like your positive outlook on the Spark Streaks... next time you will be able to break your records!

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RUTHXG 5/11/2011 8:56PM

    It is VERY distressing to see accidents--especially when you can't do much or anything to help. I'm glad you called 911.

I'm sorry Big Sammy has heartworm! Hope he gets over it with no problems. It's sweet that his new owner already feels attached.

And your streak-breaking was so minor that it just relieves you from performance pressure without having any negative physical consequences for you, I would guess.


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AMYLONGHORN 5/11/2011 8:47PM

    Whoa...what a weird day! It just sounds like you had an "off" day! Hopefully tomorrow will be better!!! Sorry to hear about Big Sammy, but at least he will get better before he comes over to your friend's house...I'm sure he'll be worth the wait!


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JMCADE 5/11/2011 8:35PM

    looks like some small setbacks. You will get back on the streaks tomorrow

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RRP546 5/11/2011 6:52PM

  good luck tomorrow

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Big Sammy

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Do you know the story of how I found Little Sammy?

I'd never had a dog before, and I never even much cared for them before, but I went through a phase about a year and a half ago, in which, whenever I was feeling low, I would look at pictures of puppies on Google Image search and it would cheer me up. Well, one day, I made the mistake of looking at the pictures on of real dogs, not out-of-context Google Image dogs, and there was Little Sammy. He was so cute that I fell in love immediately. Even when I clicked on his picture and found that he was blind, deaf, old, had a heart murmur and was otherwise a bad investment, it was too late. I was already in love.

The reason I tell this story is that I still visit and pretty regularly. This can kind of get me in trouble, like when I see Baby, this perfect little beagle puppy in West Virginia, or Ira, the chihuahua/dachshund mix wearing a green bandanna. I fear that someday it will get me in big trouble, and I'll wind up on another mission to get a dog. My sisters can vouch for the fact that the era between the moment I first laid eyes on that picture of Little Sammy and the moment I had him sleeping in my bathroom (and well, every moment since), I was borderline intolerable in conversation.

So what I've been doing is looking for dogs for friends. Or a friend, actually. I have a friend at work who had had a samoyed/golden mix that died a few years ago at the age of 14 and who has wanted another one. But he says they aren't common and they get snapped up quickly when they do pop up on these sites. So I look for him for this particular mix, because I like my dogs small, and these are pretty big, so it keeps me out of trouble.

I've found quite a few, but he'll make excuses. He's too far away, she's female, he's too old...

But this weekend, I found one that is about a 7.5 hour drive away. Yes, too far, absolutely. But it was in a shelter, without a rescue organization's backing. In the posting, it said that they only have 5 days to find the animal a home or a rescue organization. Then, in ominous red text, it said, "LAST DAY 5/10/2011." So I sent him an email that he didn't read till yesterday morning.

I asked him about it, and he said, "They wouldn't kill the dog after 5 days, would they? That seems a little drastic." And I said, "What do you think they do on Day 6?" And so he applied for it and was approved! Hooray! Then they gave him the name of a transport company that will bring it up here for $100. A bargain!

It's all VERY SUDDEN, but now, it seems my friend will have a new roommate in the form of this very pretty samoyed/golden mix, whose name is Sammy. His predecessor was also named Sam. Not that this is surprising, because I bet a LOT of samoyeds are named Sam or Sammy or Sami (it's not that creative, really), but still. I've brought a Big Sammy into my friend's life.

And how cool is that?

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HEAVENSSHADOW 5/11/2011 4:41PM

    I love dogs. My life would be incomplete without them.
My doxie-mixed-with-papillon? was a rescue, as well as my cat, and our rottie? Well, who could resist a 5 week old rott pup? I mean really....
Hehe. If we weren't so worried about how to feed them all, my BF and I would adopt many more to add to our family, haha!

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AMYLONGHORN 5/11/2011 4:39PM

    Awwww, Little Sammy will have Big Sammy as a friend! Too cute! Can't wait to get my day!!

And NO CATS! LOL!!!! You're nuts, Anna! :)

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 5/11/2011 1:37PM

    So cute! I love dogs and I hope to adopt one in the near(ish) future. My current apartment doesn't allow ANY pets even though they advertised the building as "1 block from dog park!" what the heck? On my runs I pass the dog park and watch all of them! I often think about going inside the park but I'm afraid someone would be like "which ones yours?" and then i'm like the creepy dog pedophile! emoticon

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SASSACAIA 5/11/2011 10:52AM

    That is a fantastic story!! My boyfriend had to put his beloved Golden down in March and it's been really hard for him. I love the idea of getting a dog together, since I have never had my own, but not where we live now. So I'm slowly planting seeds, as in, how do you feel about this type of dog?? To see what kinds we agree on... and so maybe in the future we can adopt the perfect dog. Those sites get me in trouble too - I'm always looking at cute kitties, but I already have two and that's enough!!

Thanks for sharing this story. :)


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ELLENSUN 5/10/2011 11:14PM

    Darn it! I just *happened* to type, and then I clicked on "dog" and then it asked my for breed. Um... what kind of dog was Rover again??? Oh, yeah, it was a Basset Hound. I type in Basset Hound, I type in my zip code. And wouldn't you know it, the very first listing is for a Basset Hound at the animal shelter JUST ACROSS TOWN. AAAUUUGGHHH! I don't think my DH wants a two year old Basset Hound right now. Darn it!

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ELLENSUN 5/10/2011 11:08PM

    WAY cool, I would say! Well done!

... help ... I'm feeling the urge to look at ... help!

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BLEIGH711 5/10/2011 10:41PM

    I'd be so lost without my dogs. I think its great that you are spreading the love.

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RUTHXG 5/10/2011 10:02PM

    It is WAY cool that you could divert your dangerous tendency toward dog romances to help your friend--& succeed! Being a matchmaker is SO HAPPY-MAKING! Go you!

Also, you are a truly excellent writer, Brenda. This story was delightful to read not just because of its fairy-tale ending but also because you tell it so cleverly.


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CASAM1985 5/10/2011 9:48PM

    More Samsters on pianos eating popcorn? Or is it green beans?

When are y'all going to get a cat, I know Aldo loves Stabler! I bet Stabler and Sammy would get along...

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MUNCHIE718 5/10/2011 9:28PM

  Sammys are the best! I have one, too! I can't tell you how many hours I've spent on when I get bored at work. Glad you could help your friend out & save a dog, too.

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Am I breaking my streak, or not really?

Monday, May 09, 2011

So, today the Knees challenge was to get 24 points for cardio. 24 points!!! 1 point is 5 minutes, so 24 of them is 120 minutes. I'm not sure this was calculated before the challenge was set, because that's a far cry from doing three arm exercise or burning 300 calories, but I figured, okay, fine. It's one day, and I can handlethis.

So I walked 24 minutes at lunch. I did 73 minutes on the bike. I did 23 minutes on the elliptical. 120 minutes total.

But when I put it in the exercise minutes, my SparkPoints only showed 22 points!

This is A LOT of exercise. Do I have to go for another 10 minute walk or a cardio video to legitimately say I'm maintaining my streak? Or am I cool to have followed the spirit of this crazy challenge?

What do you think?

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BOBINVA 5/10/2011 9:46PM

    Seems a little excessive. I would check how you entered them. There could be a type or you did not enter them as cardio minutes.

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 5/10/2011 12:25PM

    Hmmm that would P!ss me off! Has Spark been shorting me on some valuable points?! LOL! That stinks! Great job marching, I might have just given up. You rock! emoticon

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BEATLETOT 5/10/2011 9:02AM

    Yeah, I know. But I was already in my jammies, and I'd already showered. And it WAS hard! I had to switch up the styles from marching band to US military to North Korean/Nazi military, all the while watching Celebrity Apprentice.

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AMYLONGHORN 5/10/2011 8:58AM

    That is weird that SP didn't count all your time...what the heck?! Oh well, WTG on...marching in place?! LOL I can just see you doing that! Too cute!

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HOPESINGH 5/10/2011 4:52AM

    I'm impressed with your determination emoticon

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BEATLETOT 5/9/2011 9:51PM

    Okay, fine. I marched in place for 10 minutes. And now my legs hurt, so I hope all y'all are happy. emoticon

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SEAWAVE 5/9/2011 9:25PM

    How much does your streak motivate you? It's probably worth doing those extra 10 minutes, even though you've had a great day of exercising already!

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RUTHXG 5/9/2011 9:13PM

    I say doing the correct number of cardio minutes counts, even if there's a glitch in SP that makes it not show up. But I'm not part of that team, so I'm probably not qualified to rule on this. emoticon

Either way, that's a crazy-abundant amount of exercise--way to go!

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JENBELLE 5/9/2011 8:48PM

    WOW! You're dedicated and did so much cardio today! Do some 10 minute abs and call it a day!

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STAR4W 5/9/2011 7:46PM

    Jst go for it! Go for the gusto! You can do it! It wont hurt anything, and will add to those disappearing pounds!!

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