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Spread the SPARK: Join the National Weight Control Registry!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

I joined the National Weight Control Registry last year and they've sent me their annual questionnaire packet to complete to update their records. I LOVE being part of this study because I sing the praises of SPARKPEOPLE every time I correspond with them!

From the article below, here are the instructions on how to join:

Join the Registry: If you've lost at least 30 pounds and kept it off for at least a year, you can join the National Weight Control Registry (which is especially looking for members of ethnic minorities and teenagers). Visit www.nwcr.ws or call 1-800-606-6927

Here is an article which summarizes what the NWCR is all about:


I think it's a terrific project to study successful "big losers" and to get the word out at to what has worked so others can join our ranks!


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

S318830 5/27/2009 7:02PM

    I'm glad you posted your comment on my blog. I just realized I'd been reading the rules all wrong. I thought I needed to get to my goal weight before registering, even if I'd already lost more than 30 lbs. Now that I read it again, it's lose 30 and keep it off. There's a big difference there. I need to go back and see what date I hit the 30 lbs gone point and register if it was a year ago or more. THANKS!

[Edited to add: I just signed up! Thanks again!]

Comment edited on: 5/27/2009 7:05:56 PM

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JIBBIE49 5/25/2009 4:27PM

    Happy Memorial Day. Hope you are having fun today. emoticon emoticon

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KASHMIR 5/25/2009 2:19PM

    Don, I just sent them my stats through the website. Thanks for posting this!

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Michael Pollan: We Are Responsible for Wise Food Choices!

Friday, May 22, 2009

The more I hear from Pollan the more I just LOVE THIS MAN! Here is another great article that just does my "Fighting-Corporate-Control-of-Our-Bodies" heart wonders! :-)


The article wraps up with: "While the governmental attitude toward food has turned significantly under President Obama, we do control our destiny to eat in a way that takes the world and our own health into account.

Kurtis suggested consumers should vote with your pocketbook. Pollan said vote with your fork. Waiting for government to turn around huge issues concerning our food supply will be a long time in coming, especially with the latest e-coli problem. We do need to push the government, but ultimately, we need to push ourselves."

The SparkPeople community has certainly inspired ME toward taking greater and greater responsibility for my food choices and becoming increasingly less influenced by corporate media when it comes to making my food choices. In fact, I'm NEGATIVELY influenced by media...if it's hyped on TV or the radio...I become VERY suspicious and critical...lol, go ahead and waste more advertising dollars on the likes of MOI!


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ANDALEX 5/24/2009 2:56AM

    i'm loving the idea of not eating things that you've seen advertised. i've been letting that guide my food choices a little more lately. so far, so good!

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JIBBIE49 5/23/2009 9:40AM

    One problem we have is food is entertainment for many poor people. Going to McDonald's is a "night out" and a social event. Years ago people went to the neighbors for supper or to church friends and rotated around. People don't do that today.

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ZIRCADIA 5/23/2009 9:30AM

    I agree -- I look at food advertising in a COMPLETELY different way now. Instead of being mildly interested and thinking, oh that looks good! I think -- man they're trying really hard to get me to shove that down my gullet... UGH. And sometimes it's really depressing the way food is advertisted -- appealing to our gluttonous side, or toting the most "weird and extreme" foods to kids. LIKE WOAH!! This candy turns your tongue neon green! THAT IS AWESOME. Uh, no. But I admit, I'm also now suspicious of all foods promoting health claims as well.

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Revisiting Graceland

Thursday, May 21, 2009

I had such a great time on my treadmill this morning boogie-ing along to songs from Paul Simon's old "Graceland" album that I just wanted to pass it along to others... If you're looking for some great upbeat music with a south African groove that is guaranteed to move your feet, DO check it out!

Although ALL the musicians are top-notch, the bass player stands out to me with his fluid, fretless, funky, punchy lines just moving the whole band along...WOW! The newer remastered version includes a version of "Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes" in which the bass player is the ONLY musician accompanying the vocalists and it's just AMAZING!

Here's a link to the CD...also individual tracks can be downloaded as mp3 files for only 99 cents apiece:



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ANDALEX 5/24/2009 2:55AM

    graceland is one of my all-time favorite albums. i've actually been listening to negotiations and love songs a lot lately, which has several of the tracks from graceland as well. it never fails to get me car dancing :)

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SASSYCHRIS1952 5/22/2009 7:48AM

    I had this album years ago, it's a winner! And thanks for the links! Have a nice holiday weekend.

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JIBBIE49 5/21/2009 6:02PM

    WONDERFUL. Thanks.

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Relay For LIFE!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

SparkPeople is all about LIVING OUR LIFE, so how fitting is it that our local SparkPeople members rally for the American Cancer Society's RELAY FOR LIFE?!?!

I've started up our own SparkPeople Team for the Relay For Life and have our Team page with the American Cancer Society.

Here is the message I sent out to all of my contacts:

"This year, hundreds of thousands of people will hear the words "You have cancer", and there's a good chance that some of them will be people we know and love. That's why I have chosen to fight back against cancer by participating in the American Cancer Society Relay For LifeŽ. I want to invite you to join me in the fight against cancer by making a donation in support of my efforts.

Further down in this message is a link to my personal Relay For LifeŽ web page where you can make an online contribution. Every amount, no matter how small, makes a difference and provides hope. You can also sign up to join my team and learn more about Relay and how it's changing lives.

Our local SparkPeople.com team celebrates the preciousness of life and we are pleased to join the Relay For Life effort! SparkPeople.com offers a wide breadth of knowledge, tools and boundless support to assist people in living healthy and well lifestyles...all for free!

Relay For LifeŽ brings more than 3.5 million people from across the country together each year to Celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, Remember loved ones lost, and Fight Back against a disease that takes too much. This fun-filled, overnight event empowers everyone to help fight cancer by raising money and awareness to support the American Cancer Society's lifesaving mission.

Thank you in advance for your support!"

It would be thrilling if all of us folks here at SparkPeople could show a HUGE WOO HOO of SUPPORT for this wonderful cause! You can vote with your dollars at this link:




Pumped Up: Local SparkTeam Rallying...!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

It looks like my local SparkTeam may take me up on my suggestion that we have a SparkPeople contingent joining in the fun of our local Relay For Life fundraiser for cancer.


I'm not too familiar with this event, but it appears to be a 24 hour relay in which one's Team always has someone walking...what a challenge!

I was so psyched by my Team's receptiveness I had to get in another round of treadmill time and an extra set of ST so I can sleep tonight...woo hoo!


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ZELLAZM 5/20/2009 1:40PM

    What a great way to keep the motivation going and to spread the Spark!

No, my asking about your leg wasn't meant as a nudge - but if it functioned as one, that's just fine! Looks like it's not troubling you much today and that's a good thing.


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ZIRCADIA 5/19/2009 10:26PM

    That sounds really cool!!!!!! :D

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