Tuesday, July 16, 2013
[SECOND EDIT: SP replied quickly to my report, saying one of the coaches had already deactivated this person's account. Apparently I wasn't the only one to get her e-mail. Glad she's gone (assuming JLOVE55/Jennifer is really a "she").
[EDIT: Thanks, all. As some of you suggested, I reported the e-mail to SparkPeople. There's probably nothing they can do about it, but at least they know.]
Anyone else get something like this? I searched for JLOVE55 and got no results.
JLOVE55 has just commented on your Feed Action CELIAMINER Where did the weekend go?!
JLOVE55 said 'Hello my dear My name is Jennifer I come across your profile be come interested in you here is my email address Remember distance or color does not me matter but love matters a lot in life and i will soon send you my pictures and tell you more about me am waiting for your reply to my email ( [username masked by me] @yahoo.com )'
Tuesday, July 02, 2013
In the Washington Post Express paper, p. 13. This is a fairly large .pdf file, so it may take awhile to load:
Monday, July 01, 2013
On May 28, I started focusing on 3 main goals: C (calories within limits), A (alcohol at a lower level--trying to reduce), B (bedtime early enough to get at least 6 hours of sleep). To visualize, I made a calendar and rewarded myself with a gold star for each goal I made for the past 34 days. In the interest of accountability, the results are in, and they are not pretty for the most part, but they highlight two main things. First, weekends are worse. Second, my focus on an earlier bedtime actually worked.
C - 44%, gold star on 0 (yes, zero) weekend days
A - 56%, gold star on 2 weekend days
B - 94%, gold star on 32 of 34 days, with only 1 of the remaining 2 on a weekend
Obviously, for those percentages, I had other days when I did not make my goal, and the primary day, no surprise, is Friday. I am starting July with the same calendar to see if I can improve. I sure left a lot of room for improvement.
Saturday, June 29, 2013
This morning I read a delightful Spark mail from BABARR67, whose youthful gym experiences were less than wonderful, and her words triggered not-so-great memories of my own. Here's my response to her:
"I feel your pain about the gym...perhaps I wasn't *always* the last person chosen for kick ball, but it happened enough that I remember the shame. Then there was that rope climbing thing in 3rd grade. I still remember the rope burns. And we had to stand on our heads then, too. The PE coach was so mean. I couldn't make my legs go straight up. To balance, my legs were tipped slightly forward, but even though I was doing a headstand (the last one I EVER did), the coach yelled at me. Isn't it amazing how those little hurts stick with us? What were we in 3rd grade? 8? 9? Sigh."
While I don't agree that every successful nose-blowing requires a "good job!" in our present-day movement to boost self esteem in children, support for making an honest effort is a good thing, because it teaches that "not perfect" is still a good start and can lead to trying harder or working smarter. The early lessons I got at home and at school were that less than perfect resulted in criticism and yelling. Thinking back on that, it's little wonder that I refused to try new things (especially physical pursuits) if I didn't think I could excel. I missed out on a lot of experiences, the most important of which, I believe, it the experience of failure in a "safe" environment. Learning to deal with failure for the first time as an adult is way harder without practice in a supportive, non-threatening way as a child.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Thanks to PATRICE_E for pointing me to www.modelmydiet.com/ for virtual models. The program I used previously stopped working, so I never did an update. Before I get to the results, let me point out that after visiting Patrice_E's Spark page, I can say she IS an athlete, though she claims not to be one.
Here's the new before (224 lb) and after (143 lb) virtual me:
Edit: For folks who have asked about saving their virtual models, my version of Windows has a Snipping Tool that I can use to select what I want and save it to a .png file. At home, I have Faststone Capture, which I believe still gives you a free trial. I use it all the time when I telework to add content to briefing slides, so I bought the license. Here's their site:
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