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Spark People help is the best!

Friday, January 25, 2013

I was really going to writ about something else today.

I had several questions that have been nagging me because I had not been able to find answers. So I finely wrote the help site. I got answers which is a definite plus. But what impressed me so much was the time factor. I had sent two separate help requests because there were such different questions.

I sent my questions today... a Friday night. Got a response within 15 minutes. WOW!!

Totally Impressed me! Hope it impresses you too. In a world where customer service is lacking in promptness, friendliness, and not wanting to help customers . This was a tremendous event. Especially when you consider- Spark People doesn't really sell anything to it's members. Yea- it offers items- but most of those items many people are interested in.

Anyway... A 15 minute turnaround time for EMAIL HELP questions. I think that is a record!


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TULIPVIC 1/25/2013 8:30PM

    RIGHT! Sparkpeople is THE best!

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GINIEMIE 1/25/2013 7:58PM

    You are right they are generally pretty quick.
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CJJANISS 1/25/2013 7:38PM


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I say... Forget BMI

Thursday, January 24, 2013

I was reading Holly's last to blogs. She said she had to loose another 20 to be out of the obese category. she has already lost 140 pounds and probably doesn't have much more than 20 left to loose. The rest of her weight is bone and muscle.

I say FORGET ABOUT B M I - it only takes in consideration weight and height - and if you are on the petite side ( or the short end of the stick) of height it seems even more out to get you. Muscle weighs so much more than fat it is not a good indicator of health at all. BMI - is an easy and inexpensive way to tell how fat a FAT person has. My words. That is all. I checked on it is Wikipedia and when it was devised between 1830 and 1850 it was meant to be used as a simple means of classifying sedentary (physically inactive) individuals, or rather, populations, with an average body composition.

In so many ways we have advanced but we have gotten away from a almost 200 old way of classifying people. It does a good job at classifying people who are very inactive but not the people who are active.
It does not measure any of the really important stuff that tells the real story of where a person is health wise. cholesterol is one way- but still not the end all to give us the answer.
Blood pressure is another- but still- not the way to get a whole picture. blood work another way-, % of fat still another way. Maybe the new quick way to get an idea of how healthy a person is would be to figure out the percentage of fat a person has on their body.
The only sure way to tell is to do all the tests- and get the big picture. Every test would have to be done- and insurance companies don't do all- and out screens. they do just the main ones that catch the most common problems. still- that is all physical doesn't even consider the mental and emotional part of a persons health.

Another suggested way would be BMI Prime according to Wikipedia .
ex " BMI Prime, a simple modification of the BMI system, is the ratio of actual BMI to upper limit BMI (currently defined at BMI 25)
an example of this would be if your BMI was 34 then your prime would be 34/25= 1.36 which states that you would be 36% over your optimal number.

We all know someone who has lots of muscle and has a BMI that is really big. There would be no way we would consider them unhealthy. The other way- we all know someone who is supper skinny. They are not fat- but they might not be healthy either.

We all know you can't judge a book by it's cover (or it's title either) and the same goes for each individual person. Yes- I know there are exceptions to this rule... but for the most part it is true. Now... to many people all that matters is what is on the outside. WE KNOW DIFFERENTLY. Now we just have to teach the people who only wee the cover that too.

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NFGFANIAM 1/25/2013 12:39PM

    thanks for sharing.

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SPARKLINGHOPE 1/25/2013 9:31AM

    I agree. Best wishes!

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CARLY241 1/25/2013 1:37AM

  I agree with this. I am trying to stay away from the numbers game and just stick to healthy eating.

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LE7_1234 1/24/2013 11:47PM


It may be a good indicator for someone who's just starting out losing weight, but I think it gets more inaccurate as you go.

Sometimes gyms will measure body fat percentage with calipers. It's not as accurate as the submersion method, but it's still a better indication.

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it's NOT crazy to exercise when it is cold

Friday, January 18, 2013

I used to drive around and see people exercising when it was cold out. I always thought they were crazy. Seriously- why would you walk or run outside and have to wear a coat or sweatshirt, earmuffs and gloves when you could do it inside and not have to wear all that extra stuff?
I know now- it is invigorating! Working out outside is a different feeling an makes me feel energized. I am not sure if it is because of the fresh air or communing with nature but it is wonderful and satisfying.

I walked yesterday. not sure if it was over 30 degrees or not but it wasn't bad after I got going. I walked around the lake- not sure if that is such a good idea because it is mostly dirt trail and so it was a little muddy in spots.

I tend to trip over uneven pavement or slip on wet surfaces so I have to watch where I am going but enjoyed the fresh air_ and boy I did sleep good!

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MAYBER 1/19/2013 9:44PM

    Like to walk outdoors but the temp has to be in the 30's our dogs enjoy it too
and agree that really have to watch where you step many people do not shovel the walks or put out sand or pet safety melt lots do put out salt but that is hard on the dogs paws so carry a wet cloth with to wipe them
Enjoy you time outside
One day at a time

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 1/19/2013 1:00PM

    You are emoticon I tend to hibernate in the cold weather as my walking course is at the Marina where it is even colder. Maybe I should locate a new walking course and get invigorated like you.
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JPONCIN 1/19/2013 7:55AM

    I love exercising outside, even when it gets cold. I'm glad you enjoyed it too! :)

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LE7_1234 1/19/2013 5:25AM


(If you look at it the right way, that's a scarf, not the finish line! LOL!)

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MJ7DM33 1/19/2013 12:51AM

  It really is a wonderful experience! I luv it! emoticon

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TUBJUMPER 1/18/2013 9:27PM

    emoticon I was out at 6:30 a.m. today in 18 degree weather and loved it. My 9 y/o DD went also.

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SUNSHINE99999 1/18/2013 9:00PM

  I enjoy the coolness of the fresh air too.

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Big NSV! Off of a medication!

Monday, January 14, 2013

It is a long story... short version: I am off of Lisinopril- my HBP medication!!! yea rah! emoticon
Now just taking a water pill. I have wanted to be off of it for years and now I am!

Long story-I opened my new medications and found that the dosage had changed. I was to cut my pill in half. well anyone that knows how little l Lisinopril is- it just crumbles. The pill was a combination of lisinopril and HCL (water).This was new so I called my doctor today. Found out that it had been changed in July. I was there in October- they just asked me if I was taking my medicine as directed. Guess they should tell you what that is at that time:)
I told them that cutting it in half just does not work. The nurse called me and we talked. She called me back and said that because of that problem I could go off of either.
That was a no brainier! so they called me in a new prescription for just that. Now my goal is to be off of that by the end of the year!

Remember to do something good for you and the environment today! emoticon

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The New Me Won!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

I forgot I something very important that happened yesterday at my Christmas party.
2 things
1. I had taken a roll that I thought looked the healthiest. However- it really did not taste good at all. SO.... I didn't eat it. I put on my finished salad plate. Instead my Aunt gave me half of her wheat roll.

2. The other thing that was a very big victory for me was the desserts. emoticon emoticon a small slices of a variety of desserts were brought to the table on two plates. while I did have 2.5 desserts that is all I had> Now that is not the victory. The victory was in not taking any home. Which I could have done very easily. On top of the easy- it could have been done without anyone knowing. - an even bigger victory. outside of our reception room was a nice large lobby where they had a coffee station set up. coffee- whip topping, chocolate and kinds of stuff to add. ( I love REAL whip cream- and I didn't have any of that either) also on the table was several other desert plates and cookies. with napkins. I could have wrapped up quite a few and put them in my purse without anyone I knew seeing me. I DIDN'T TAKE ONE.
The old me would have probably taken 4 or 5 of them home with me. And on top of that 3 of them would have been eaten in the car before I got home.

I feel proud of myself and not deprived one little bit. emoticon
(that is my gold star for resisting major overload)

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GOODGETNBETR 1/12/2013 10:00AM

    emoticon Keep it Sparkin'!

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CARLY241 1/12/2013 7:36AM

  that is great you were able to limit yourself emoticon

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URBANLOTUS 1/12/2013 6:07AM

    Well done!

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JOURNEYTOI 1/12/2013 5:43AM

  WOOT! WOOT! Congrats! I think that is the hardest thing to do - push yourself away from enjoying the food too much. I find that just taking a bite of that "sinful" food helps to get the urge to overeat away. You are awesome!

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GINIEMIE 1/12/2013 5:42AM

    Wow great job, I know what you mean about the whipping cream. It's hard to resist.

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JPONCIN 1/12/2013 5:37AM

    Great job! I can totally relate to this.

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