Monday, August 24, 2009
SparkPeople.com did NOT make Time.com's list of the Top 50 Websites of 2009!
I couldn't find any link where folks could post their votes, hadn't even heard Time was looking for votes. Neither could I find where folks might post their strong feelings for websites which should have been included.
I was hoping that us SparkPeople fans could BOMB Time.com with complaints & requests to add SparkPeople.com to their list! Especially as I couldn't find a single health and wellness website included on their list...! C'mon we don't want the USA to be represented by a Top 50 which doesn't even list a health and wellness site...!!
If anyone can find where we can contact Time.com and inform them of their oversight I would be MOST appreciative and THEN perhaps we can begin a campaign where we can "educate" Time.com...right? :-)
Friday, August 21, 2009
Apologies to anyone who might have already seen this posted elsewhere by me, but I feel so strongly about this I feel I can't repeat it enough!
Always, ALWAYS whenever you come across something on the SparkPeople website that you think is inappropriate, shocking, questionable, do not hesitate to click on "report inappropriate post" / SparkPage / whathaveyou...the SP techies are VERY quick to take action!
I feel HIGHLY defensive of our online "haven" here and want to do all I can to keep unsavory elements out! We have a positive, constructive, supportive and SAFE place here so let's all work together to keep up our SparkNeighborhood Watch so we can KEEP it that way!
PS...Perhaps I should clarify, as I am VERY accepting of the wide range of lifestyles out there and HARDLY mean to suggest any targeting or censoring of people who are not of the mainstream. I am referring to posts, blogs, SparkPages which
---someone is hawking, marketing, selling a product or service.
---contains sexually explicit text / pictures.
---contains text / pictures of harm or threats of harm toward others.
If one sees something that makes you uneasy, squirming in some way, report it and let those running SparkPeople determine whether or not this is appropriate for our community.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Change Your Thinking:
It will take just 37 seconds to read this and change your thinking..
Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room.
One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs.
His bed was next to the room's only window.
The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back.
The men talked for hours on end.
They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation.
Every afternoon, when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window.
The man in the other bed began to live for those one hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and color of the world outside.
The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake.
Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every color and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance.
As the man by the window described all this in exquisite details, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine this picturesque scene.
One warm afternoon, the man by the window described a parade passing by.
Although the other man could not hear the band - he could see it in his mind's eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words.
Days, weeks and months passed.
One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window, who had died peacefully in his sleep.
She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away.
As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone.
Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the real world outside.
He strained to slowly turn to look out the window besides the bed.
It faced a blank wall.
The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this window.
The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the wall.
She said, 'Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you.'
There is tremendous happiness in making others happy, despite our own situations.
"Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared, is doubled."
A friend kindly passed this story along to me today and I couldn't help but think about the myriad of ways we here in our SparkFamily are here for each other every day, 24/7, offering such support and strength to each other.
How often is it that one of us will "see" what another one of us can't...whether it is a positive quality within, a success that wasn't obvious, or a solution one might not have thought of...? We share with each other, offering our gifts of "sight"...!
Every day we grow healthier, stronger, serve as great role models for others in our lives and SPREAD the SPARK!
Sending this out with a heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone in our SparkPeople community for making this all possible!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Mother Jones recently flagged another instance of what we are up against when it comes to attempting to accept ourselves as we are:
Jezebel Takes On Self's Self-Hating Photoshop Policies
"For their latest cover—sell line: Slim Down *Your* Way—the editors of Self basically created a new (and of course, much thinner) body for Kelly Clarkson. (That was their way.) Called to the carpet by Jezebel (and for god's sake, Entertainment Tonight), the Self editors then issued the most disgusting, enraging explanation possible, namely that covers shouldn't reflect reality, but "inspire women to want to be their best." At which point, Jezebel issued a seriously awesome and funny takedown. Read it."
This is a terrific example of how skewed our media can be toward thin-ness to the point of justifying Photoshop-ing pics into unnaturally thin images...supposedly to "inspire women to want to be their best"...! How outrageous is THAT?!?
My takeaway message from all of this is that all of us looking to reclaim our health and wellness, to re-build acceptance of our bodies as imperfectly *perfect*, we are swimming against some powerful forces out there!
Adding this to our own internal forces such as old bad habits, negative self-talk, negative self-image...I just want to highlight what a MIRACULOUS and STUNNING ACHIEVEMENT for all of us to pull ahead of ALL of this and exercise, make healthy food choices and FIND OUR SPARK!
Everyone keep up your WONDERFUL efforts and when you look in the mirror be *kind* to yourself: we are all imperfectly PERFECT!
PS: There are so many interesting articles out there that illustrate what we are all battling against re: societal / corporate pressures. Here's a few links to check out if you wish:
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Since the cloudy, potentially stormy day broke up and the sun came out and we have some MUCH hotter weather on the horizon, I thought my DW and I could take advantage of this beautiful evening and head out to our local state park for a cook out.
Fired up the charcoal, did a full throttle round about the park on my bike only to return with the charcoal ready for cooking. I was dripping with sweat, but it felt good to get some extra un-planned cardio worked into my day.
We enjoyed a leisurely paced meal, watched the sun set into gorgeous purple-red hues as our Vidalia onions wrapped in foil simmered into a yummy caramelized treat!
Hope everyone had a great day!
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