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Spam on SP?

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

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 )'

  
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MISSB8604 7/22/2013 4:08PM

    Weird.

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KANOE10 7/21/2013 8:56AM

    I am glad that SP reacted quickly and that stalker is off the site.

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TREEBW 7/19/2013 6:49PM

    Creepy. People can certainly be creepy.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 7/19/2013 11:22AM

    I got something similar awhile back and reported it exactly as you did. I've not be contacted since. There are so many sites where that is the main goal, why do they bother us here?

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THROOPER62 7/17/2013 5:57PM

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KALIGIRL 7/17/2013 9:09AM

    I guess no site is safe...

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GBSLIM 7/17/2013 7:00AM

    Thanx for the info. Haven't rec'd anything like that to date but will now be more aware.
Glad you did not fall for it.
Take care~

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DIBANANA 7/17/2013 2:14AM

  I haven't seen anything like that. I hope you reported it.

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DIBANANA 7/17/2013 2:14AM

  That is creepy

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PINKNFITCARLA 7/16/2013 10:45PM

    That is really odd. I've gotten spam as blog comments with a username posting a link about a product they are selling or something they want me to read about. Usually they do it to multiple others and by the time I see it and go to look at their page, they are no longer members!

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123ELAINE456 7/16/2013 9:05PM

  No I Haven't had anything like this. But Please do Report It to SparkPeople. Let Them Handle This For You. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Super Nice Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment edited on: 7/16/2013 9:06:55 PM

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WATERMELLEN 7/16/2013 8:26PM

    Thanks for the heads up!!

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MADEIT3 7/16/2013 5:05PM

    Never got one like it and hope I never do. I agree with the folks who say weird and creepy!!

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NELLJONES 7/16/2013 2:14PM

    I have gotten Sparkmail like that, but it's been awhile. Messages like that are creepy!

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KAB7801 7/16/2013 2:11PM

    Yes
I got something like that a while back
It said something like I have something for you, here is my email, please contact me
I never did, if it was from a Sparker why give an outside email?

Didnt really think anything about it, just weird! Maybe a virus.
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AUNTB63 7/16/2013 1:38PM

    I haven't seen anything like this, but thanks for sharing so we can keep an eye out for "spam". I hope you reported this to SP.

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BETHGILLIGAN 7/16/2013 1:03PM

    UGH! Not only creepy but a bit disturbing!

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GINGERHAWK 7/16/2013 12:50PM

    How disappointing - I haven't come across anything like that...yet!

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3016DEBRA 7/16/2013 12:18PM

  Ewwww! I haven't gotten anything like that - from SP anyway. emoticon

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MENEFF 7/16/2013 11:48AM

    that is totally weird! I guess we all need to keep our eyes out!!

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CHOCOHIPPO 7/16/2013 11:01AM

    Weird. No I didn't. I guess any type of account can be hacked.

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Article on Yoga for Larger Bodies

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:
www.expressnightout.com/printedition
/PDF/EXPRESS_07022013.pdf

  
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KALIGIRL 7/8/2013 10:38AM

    Obviously an excellent practice - I will get to it soon!
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LILYPAD12311 7/7/2013 5:02PM

    Thank you,,,, that was a great post! emoticon

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MSEVERAFTER 7/5/2013 3:11PM

    Thank you for posting this! I took my first yoga class many months ago and the instructor was absolutely fantastic about coming by and showing me modifications for my size (and my beginner level). Loved this article!

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INTHEGAP 7/2/2013 11:29PM

    Thanks for posting this. I've downloaded it and will read it shortly. :) I will listen to your raido interview tomorrow morning. I can't wait! I had no idea. :)

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BRADMILL2922 7/2/2013 11:16PM

    Very cool! Thanks for sharing!

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SHARON10002 7/2/2013 10:29PM

    Thanks for the info!

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PINKNFITCARLA 7/2/2013 10:15PM

    Thank you!

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DIBANANA 7/2/2013 8:16PM

  Celia it is sad about the firefighters. I would love to spend the fourth at Mt Vernon! Did you hear the news about some schools wanting to do yoga but parents are saying it is religiously based so they don’t want it?

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YANKEEBELLA 7/2/2013 8:08PM

    Awesome, thank you!

Susan

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REBIRTHDIVA 7/2/2013 3:10PM

    thanks for sharing! emoticon

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123ELAINE456 7/2/2013 1:15PM

  Thanks. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have A Super Great Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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KAB7801 7/2/2013 12:46PM

    Thanks

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June...ouch!

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.
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INTHEGAP 7/2/2013 11:37PM

    I read this today, on thedailylove.com site. I love the site, there is wonderful information there. The entire blog, from Mastin, for today is wonderful. emoticon emoticon

"When you stop trying to be perfect and embrace progress OVER perfection – you free yourself to live a life on your terms." ~ Mastin Kipp

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SHARON10002 7/2/2013 10:36PM

    Weekends are the worst for me, too. I know it is because DH is home, and routines go out the window with the bathwater. When I am alone during the week, I can discipline myself - not perfect, but I do a pretty good job of it.
I do offer my emoticon on getting more sleep!
Don't beat yourself up. There is progress, and that is always a good thing! I am always heartened when I see evidence of progress for my journey, even if it's a baby step.
Progress - not perfection. . . emoticon

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MIWOLFF 7/2/2013 11:43AM

    Great job! We are not perfect but you have raised your awareness level and that counts for an A+ in my book! emoticon

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BRADMILL2922 7/2/2013 2:08AM

    I like how you held yourself accountable Celia. It would be real easy to fudge the numbers but you showed the truth! I think you can use June as a learning experience and use it for a much better July! Good luck!

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DIBANANA 7/1/2013 11:32PM

  Celia this is a good way to SEE your progress! Good for you. You are goal oriented so you will do better next month!

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WEEPINGANGEL74 7/1/2013 11:18PM

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1EMMA2011 7/1/2013 7:30PM

    Great job! Together we can do it!!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 7/1/2013 7:10PM

    There's nothing like a visual to make you face reality. Good for you!

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123ELAINE456 7/1/2013 5:46PM

  Like You Plan. You Can Do It. Keep Pushing Forward. WTG!!! God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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REZNUT 7/1/2013 4:32PM

    I couldn’t help but laugh when I saw your first main highlight of the results “weekends are worse”. I usually do so well throughout the work week but nearly every weekend is when I find it difficult to drink at least 8 glasses of water, get all my exercise minutes in, and track my food. Thankfully I’m usually successful at eating healthy even on the weekends but I do tend to allow one or two treats that I really shouldn’t touch (and which usually tip me just past my planned calories for the day). Kudos to you for making that fitness calendar and for your resolve to do better for July! Good luck to you!

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WORKNPROGRESS49 7/1/2013 4:29PM

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MOTHEPRO 7/1/2013 3:38PM

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CMRAND54 7/1/2013 2:58PM

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KAB7801 7/1/2013 2:56PM

    I love that idea
Give yourself a gold star for doing it
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my Saturday's are my worst, I drink on Saturday and eat on Sunday!


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BETHGILLIGAN 7/1/2013 1:35PM

    UGH! Well, nowhere but up! emoticon At least you are focusing on it and finding your pattern. Hope July is better for you!

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KANOE10 7/1/2013 1:27PM

    I think your visual reminders are great. You are making good progress. I have trouble getting enough sleep. Good for you improving that. I am also cutting back on alcohol as I need to go down a few pounds and wine adds calories.

I know you will have a great July. You can do it!

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LILYDOG11 7/1/2013 1:10PM

    I find if I get a good night sleep and stay within calorie range my weight goes down or is maintained, I don't drink alcohol but soda was my problem I've made a switch to diet then will cut it way down. emoticon emoticon

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LIVEDAILY 7/1/2013 1:01PM

    You still get a emoticon for effort!!

That's 3 "biggies" that you're attempting to change. Congrats on the 94% on the bedtime challenge!!

Weekends would seem to be harder because the weekly routine isn't there. Knowing that, you can plan for it. Become forearmed!! Explore new recipes and foods! Embrace the veggies and fruits!!

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VELMATULIP 7/1/2013 1:00PM

    Having visual reminders and individual goals to reach your overall goal are great motivators. You now know where you need to improve. It's a new day. emoticon emoticon

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Early Lessons

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.

  
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123ELAINE456 6/30/2013 3:01AM

  I was treated like a outcast because on a Speech and Weight Problem. It has stuck with me all these years. Have miss out on most opportunities in my life because of it. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Wonderful Lord's Day. Take Care.

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DIBANANA 6/29/2013 8:19PM

  Good blog Celia.

I spent this afternoon playing Cootie Bug and Candyland with my 4 year old GD who only wanted to win. We finally got through to her that playing the game with family was the most important thing and crying made people not want to play. She was surprised to win and not cry!

They should learn early. I can remember the days of softball and the winning team got a trophy not all the teams!



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BETHGILLIGAN 6/29/2013 3:20PM

    Sounds like you lived my childhood!!! So many opportunities missed.

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JODROX 6/29/2013 3:09PM

    I hear you -- so much is demanded of children! And some teachers/parents just really pushed too hard, too mean.

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PINKNFITCARLA 6/29/2013 1:26PM

    How true this is. Those early experiences and perceived failures make many of us reluctant to try new things today.

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KAB7801 6/29/2013 1:08PM

    Very nice, well put comment

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FIFIFRIZZLE 6/29/2013 12:56PM

    My DS and I were talking recently about when she was five she has a teacher that literally rapped the children on the knuckles. It still effects her today, aged 60. Good riddance to THAT behavior in our schools.

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Before and After Virtual-style

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:
www.faststone.org/FSCaptureDetail.ht
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KALIGIRL 6/28/2013 8:56AM

    Cool!

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NELLJONES 6/26/2013 12:16PM

    That simulator won't be any good unless they make one of the options "old lady". The shape may be helpful, but what about sagging skin? My belly and thighs are a lot lower than they used to be, and it isn't because of weight. At least she's wearing a bra. Oh my.

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WEEPINGANGEL74 6/26/2013 9:29AM

    Excellent progress! You look fabulous!

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123ELAINE456 6/26/2013 1:56AM

  You look great. Thank You for the Web Site Link. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Delightful Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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BRADMILL2922 6/26/2013 12:27AM

    Very cool!

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DIBANANA 6/26/2013 12:21AM

  Thanks for sharing the link.

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PINKNFITCARLA 6/25/2013 10:34PM

    Great progress, thanks for sharing! I will try this site as well since I haven't done a virtual model since about 4 years ago now.

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CMRAND54 6/25/2013 10:06PM

    Looking good!

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LILYDOG11 6/25/2013 5:34PM

    emoticon thanks for sharing !!

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IRON_RESOLVE 6/25/2013 4:28PM

    I have to try this! thanks for posting!

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BETHGILLIGAN 6/25/2013 3:09PM

    Love it! I lost my old site, too. I'll give this a try! You look good!!!
Like Patrice I don't know how to save this. I don't want to pin it to pinterest.
Can you help?

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PATRICE_E 6/25/2013 2:57PM

    Aw, thanks, my dear. I've done three athletic events as an adult, but am not sure that they qualify me for the title! ;) Just trying to keep moving... my biggest challenge, for sure.

I love seeing your virtual before and after models! I don't use Pinterest, so didn't know how to save and share mine. Is there another trick to it? Maybe PrintScreen and save/crop?

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MENEFF 6/25/2013 2:52PM

    cool! thanks for sharing :)

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HAKAPES 6/25/2013 2:42PM

    :-) Cool! Go for it!

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KAB7801 6/25/2013 2:22PM

    That was great!
Thanks

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BROOKLYN_BORN 6/25/2013 1:51PM

    What an interesting site. Thanks for sharing this. I love to consider "what if" possibilities.

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ROSCOEKR 6/25/2013 1:47PM

    Thanks for the web site

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WORKNPROGRESS49 6/25/2013 1:46PM

    emoticon emoticon for sharing

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