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Loving eBooks & More!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

So, my Darling bought me a Nook, and at first I didn't appreciate the absolutely amazing versatility of the eBook, but I've quickly become a convert.

I'm still on my first eBook. I waited to buy The Spark until I could put it on the Nook, and, of course, I'm loving reading it. Even after just over a year on the program, I'm gaining new insights and finding inspiration.

But what's even better is what this is doing for my cardio workouts. The weather is pretty crummy this week, so I'm using my Nook while I'm on the elliptical, still plugged into my iPod, but on lower volume. And the time is just flying by! It's just what I need to occupy my mind so that while my body is into the workout, my mind is exploring a whole different world!

Have any of you found the same benefit with eBooks and your workouts?

The "more" part of this blog is just about being grateful to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the 1st date with the best man who has ever (or will ever) come into my life, besides my Dad. He's awesome and we totally click. So, bring on the rain, cause I've got sunshine in my heart...

Happy e-Reading, fellow Sparkers!

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JETTER4 3/13/2010 2:58PM

  I am about ready to buy The Spark and didn't think about putting it on my Nook. Thanks for the idea.

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Better Role Models than Models!

Friday, February 19, 2010

So, I just read Gordiesmommy's blog "Why should I look like the models in the magazine?", which I highly recommend, and it got me thinking.

Yes, stick thin models are terrible role models for women, and particularly for young girls at that vulnerable point in their lives -- the apex of peer pressure, media bombardment, and awakening sexuality.

And it's hard to find better role models out there in the media -- though, as her blog pointed out, the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty is a great source of reality and self-esteem for the average woman.

So, where else can we look?

Olympic Athletes!

When you look at Lindsey Vonn and others, you see beautiful, healthy young women who have muscles and curves and glow with health and energy!

What better proof of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, for all of us to admire.

While we can't give up our lives in pursuit of Olympic training, we CAN respect our bodies with good nutrition and consistent fitness. Just what SparkPeople helps us achieve.

So, the next time you hear a woman complain that she'll never look like the models in the magazine, or a young girl worry that she'll never be as thin as the most popular girls in school unless she starves herself, you may be able to get them to think differently.

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CONNEALS 2/23/2010 9:20AM

    Those girls are so beautiful and healthy! My husband and I were just commenting on how healthy and gorgeous all the athletes are!

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MOLLIEMAC 2/19/2010 11:54AM

    Healthy= Beauty

All of the athletes have an amazing inner shine that illuminates them- they are gorgeous! emoticon

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MSSUNBUG 2/19/2010 10:11AM

    While watching the Olympics this past week, I said the same thing to my husband: what fantastic role models to look up to, and yet it seems to take a lot of years, as Sophikko said, for women/girls to make the shift from admiring model bodies to admiring athletic bodies. For a lot of years, I worked with young adolescent girls, and the only positive I can contribute is this: thanks to the dialogue (like this blog!) around the issue of models and aspiring to look like them, many girls are able to be much more critical and aware of the pitfalls of admiring stick-thin women. It's by no means a moot point (yet? hopefully?), but the dialogue has helped tremendously, and we need to keep it going!

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SOPHIKKO 2/19/2010 6:59AM

    I love looking at athlete's bodies for inspiration now, whereas when I was a teenager (and had many self esteem issues) it was all about the models. I have to admit it kind of makes me sad to see sparkers having a ton of models pictures up on their pages - those pictures are airbrushed beyond recognition. It isn't realistic to have a goal of an airbrushed body, in my opinion.

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Having a Bridget Jones moment...!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

So, I'm traveling on business, and this is the note I just sent my Honey:

Forgot to tell you that I have stupid workout injury. Fell off over-inflated bosu (so only my ego is deflated). Hurt wrist/hand. Don't think any permanent damange done but can't do much with (mercifully) left hand. Aside from annoying pain thing, worst part was contorting to unzip my dress after work with scant use of left hand. You might have been amused. I was less so. Do I sound a bit like Bridget Jones? (I fancy I do.) Do you get the allusion [he is a guy after all]? Just imagine Rene Zellweger reading this aloud in a faux British accent while pining over Hugh Grant and/or Colin Firth. Adds a bit of texture to the narrative, non?

OK, so we all risk injury when working out, and I've been relatively fortunate 99.9999% of the time considering I've done probably like 300+ workouts per year for a long, long time. I guess I shouldn't have tried to do my regular bosu workout in a strange gym with hyperinflated bosu balls. Are they on steroids? Or did they just get an implant? Whatever, I think (hope) I've learned to be a bit more circumspect when visiting a gym whose Bosus I don't know intimately.

So, enjoy your workouts, and please stay safe!!

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PALESEPT 1/19/2010 4:30PM

I hope you didn't hurt yourself too badly, and that you feel better soon!


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MOLLIEMAC 1/15/2010 10:18AM

    Hope your hand and wrist recover soon- love your sense of humour, it'll get you through:)...MJ emoticon emoticon

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(Re)Connecting with Old Friends --- Part 2

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Earlier this month, I wrote about the joy of reconnecting with my best friend from childhood.

Just as wonderful is the reconnection with a group of high school friends that has occurred over the last few years. 10 of us girls were quite close, and we called our selves the "Vellies", short for voluptuous, which was more of a dream (to grow nice boobs) than a reality in those days. After high school, we parted ways, most of us married and had kids, moved to different parts of the country, and stayed in touch in smaller groups, but not together. Then, about 10 years ago, we reunited for a fantastic weekend in NY. By this time, e-mail was a fact of life, so we were in touch, but sporadically, over the years.

Then in 2008, we reunited again, this time in Houston, since one of our number was recovering from breast cancer, and could not travel. That was probably a turning point, as we celebrated the fact that she fought and was conquering her cancer, and we vowed to reunite every 2 years from that point on. I'm hosting in 2010 in Toronto.

The Vellie e-mails at times come fast and furious (over a hundred in one day is probably our record), since we are of the generation that is more likely to hit reply all, than to post on Facebook -- only about half of us are on Facebook, and our communications would be open to others beyond the group anyway unless we started our own page.

Our e-mails are funny, sweet, and at times sad. We share joys over family events or milestones, and we share sorrows over illness and death. We give advice and commiserate when someone has a family or professional challenge. But most of the time we just share laughs and the pure joy of having so many good friends just a keystroke away. There is something about sisterhood that becomes even more important as we progress in our lives; it's strong, resilient, and helps sustain us in tough times. And it's fun -- sometimes I laugh just reading a subject line before I open a note.

In some ways it's like the Spark community, but with friends I've known almost all my life. So, as we each look back on the year and reflect about what's most important in our lives, think about reaching out to a friend you may have lost contact with, and introducing even more joy into your life, as well as theirs. It doesn't cost any money (unless you decide to travel to see each other), and it won't add any calories to your tracker! In fact, the next time you feel like reaching for that holiday cookie you know you don't need, how about reaching for a friend instead.

I wish you all a happy, healthy, and joyous holiday season filled with friends, family and memories you will cherish through the years to come!!

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GRACEISENUF 12/24/2009 11:32AM

    Thank you for sharing this "glimpse" of your life with us. What a blessing to be a part of the "Vellies!"

I wish you and your sweetheart a very Merry Christmas and I hope it is filled with love, joy and lots of laughter.

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MOLLIEMAC 12/24/2009 10:01AM

    Awesome! LOL, the Vellies! A Merry Christmas to you and yours...MJ

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Reconnecting with Old Friends -- Part 1

Sunday, December 06, 2009

I don't know how many of you are on Facebook, but I finally gave in and started this past January. If you are on Facebook, you know that it's a great way to find or be found by people from your past. Some you are really thrilled to hear from, others you are merely pleased to hear from.

Well, about a month ago, my very best friend from elementary school found me. We were best friends from 1st to 6th grades, and shared things from our childhood that were unique and so very special to the person that I became. Very sadly, during that time, first her dad, and then her mom passed away from illnesses, and she and her older sister went to live with their great-aunt. This was like living with your grandmother, very kind, but completely out of touch with what children really need day to day. While they lived less than an hour away, it was not a local call, nor did we have cell phones or e-mail in those days, so we eventually lost touch with each other.

She reappeared in my life about 17 years ago, shortly before my wedding, since she stopped by to visit my parents at the home I grew up in. I was there, and invited her to my wedding, but she wasn't able to attend. Again, we lost touch, living in different states, caught up in careers, and still without e-mail or cell phones!

Fast forward, and about a month ago I received a note on Facebook, and she had found me! We were both ecstatic. It just so happened my boyfriend and I were planning to spend a weekend in NY (last weekend), so we made plans to meet. It was unbelievable to see her, and to meet her husband and 2 teenage boys. I am grateful that she found me. It was almost like we could pick up where we left off. We are now corresponding regularly by e-mail and once again part of each other's lives.

The point of this blog, I suppose, is to realize that there are some people in your life with whom you may have lost touch, but they are treasured gems waiting to be found again and they can add so much richness and joy to your life.

So, if you are ever feeling at a low point on your journey to a healthier lifestyle, reach out to an old friend who you may not have seen in years (or maybe, just months), or with whom you've completely lost touch.

It can be a truly uplifting experience, and I hope that you have at least one of these wonderful reconnections in your near future!

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IZZYBEBOP 12/6/2009 6:06PM

    That is so neat! I connect with lots of high school friends on Facebook. It's a great place to reconnect with friends.

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REINVENTLAURA 12/6/2009 6:00PM

    I am so happy you have reconnected with an old friend!

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REINVENTLAURA 12/6/2009 5:59PM

    I am so happy you have reconnected with an old friend!

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