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Picking Up the Pace!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

I'm feeling inspired by my (at LAST) pound loss this past week and am making a more concerted effort to vary my speed while on the treadmill between 4 - 6 mph. Also have bumped up my baseline incline from 9 to 10.

Have to admit that I've slacked in the past by mostly plugging into the same speed, same incline every day. Varying the speed enables me to better pace myself to the tunes I'm listening to also which helps to rev me up too!

Hoping I can yet shed some more pounds after ALL! :-)

I truly WOULD like to break through to ONE-derland someday. I may find that weight to be too difficult to sustain, as Coach Dean found out for himself ( www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat
), and may have to accept a maintaining weight above 200, but I'd like to at LEAST TRY and find out for myself!


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    I celebrate you!

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TRAINOF4 8/29/2009 11:27PM

    Keep shakin' things up & you'll break through that plateau! Hope you get to kayak this weekend - sounds like fun & lots of great cardio & upper body work - not to mention core work, too!

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L*I*T*A* 8/28/2009 9:40AM

    way to go..............as you switch things up all the best in trying to reach a new goal.................if it is mean't to be it will work for you...........blessings and hugs..................lita

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HEALTHY_CAROLYN 8/27/2009 1:29PM

    Hey, Don, I've been changing things up on the treadmill, too, and I'm not sure if it's worked yet, but it makes me happier to be challenging myself. I've been increasing my times at the various speeds, instead of my 5-minute increment bumps. I feel like this summer of treadmilling (oh, how I can't wait for the cooler weather and some hiking!) has made my body get used to what I'm doing. So, while I still have to mainly do my cardio inside, I'm going to keep trying to challenge myself. All the best on getting where you want to go! (And that's no treadmill joke!)

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KELLI9001 8/27/2009 12:17PM

    Awesome info! Thanks!

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MARYBETH_OHIO 8/27/2009 11:47AM

    I am so proud of you , you are one who truly believes in what you can accomplish and that is what makes me so proud..

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SUZIAND 8/27/2009 11:14AM

    Man...you're a machine on that treadmill! I can't wait til the day I can do a 4-6 mph pace and an incline like that! What an inspiration!

I fully understand wanting the One-derlands. I can't wait for the day! Right now...and for the longest time...my body has decided that it is the most comfortable in the 230's. /sighs. Stupid body. But I'm taking control again....it's gonna listen to me now! lol!

Have a great day Don! Keep pushing and being an inspiration for us all!

Suz :)

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 8/27/2009 9:30AM

    I like switching things up on my elliptical, too. It has handy built-in profiles for workouts that vary the intensity. The modes are:

- weight loss (ramps up to max and back down 3x)
- event training (alternates between max & min)
- cardio (I forget what this does)

I was using "event training" for a long time but recently tried "weight loss" last Sunday when I had 2 elliptical sessions in one day and didn't want to do the same exact thing.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that "weight loss" mode works me a lot harder. So that's my new default for now... Until I need to switch it up again!

And I hear you on the 100s. As of this morning I'm 10.3 lbs away from 199! Woo-hoo!

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Time.com's Top 50 Websites: Egregious Oversight!

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? :-)


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CARRIE1948 8/25/2009 7:43AM

    It probably didn't make it because, good as you may thing this site is, it doesn't have the stickiness or broad base appeal of sites like Skype. Just because you like something doesn't mean that it has to be the best.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 8/24/2009 10:32AM

    How about here, for submitting feedback?
It's for the 2008 list, but maybe they'd notice if people opined there about the 2009 list?
Also, it's interesting to see what other sites people said they liked.

Here's a podcast explaining how they chose the list for 2008

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UMUCGRAD 8/24/2009 9:54AM

    Great catch! It is inconscionable that the top 50 doesn't include a wellness site. Especially in these days of 'health care reform' zeal. You'd think that getting/staying'being well would be a high priority. What are they thinking at Time?

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Protecting Our SparkFamily Haven!

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.

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    Okay. It's good to have guidelines from an involved Sparker. Fortunately, I've yet to come across such examples. If I do, I'll promptly advise SparkPeople.

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HEALTHY2MORROW 8/22/2009 10:45AM

    I agree. Do no harm. Protect our site!

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ROYALETBONE 8/22/2009 2:19AM

    I'm not sure I agree. I mean- if someone attacks ME too often- then I will tell the company. But I love the full range of expression here- and I figure if somebody prays for me and tells me to find Jesus etc, I can delete and not read it. After all, what's 'offensive' to one person, is a blessing to another.
Like that.
Wild dyke AddGnostic anti-Christian profanity laden wyman that I am- I keep it to my own group, and we love it. So... what are you REALLY worried about? I guess, I say absolutely NO to fat hate... but I see it way too often on peoples pages to sweat it too much. I say NO to being mean... or bigotry. Or, or, er, what are you refering to? Not freedom of speech?

PS To YOUR ps... yeah! I can totally agree with your added provisos. I just had to speak up about the morality police- or the people who think we shouldn't talk politics, or whatever. Thanks for the clarification!

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QUEST4CHANGE 8/21/2009 10:24PM

  emoticonthanks! i have left other sites b/c of the interpersonal attacks, language, etc. i don't expect pollyanna, but love that SP seems to enforce their TOS!

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The Power of The SPARK!

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!


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SOULCOLLAGESUE 8/21/2009 10:33AM

    Don, I heard this story once before, and am happy you shared it on SparkPeople. It's a well-articulated version, and your personal response makes it all the more inspiring. This thought is new to me, though, and I will take it with me: "Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared, is doubled." Have a lovely day, my friend!

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MUSIC66 8/21/2009 7:15AM

    That blog had a very powerful statementto say we should engerage each other as much as we can. emoticon

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KELLI9001 8/21/2009 6:52AM

    I've read this before and each time it makes a very powerful statement. Thanks for relating it to SP and being a constant positive in everyone's lives!

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ROYALETBONE 8/20/2009 5:02PM

    Thank you- perfect blog for me.
I needed that.
I've read it before- but somehow it really spoke to me today... I'm a tad blue, feeling overwhelmed- so I think I'll go 'look at the parade.'

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Imperfectly PERFECT!

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:









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BETHANN1961 8/19/2009 6:23AM

    Very interesting. My seven year old niece is already sitting down to a meal wanting to figure out the calories in a food and complaining she's too fat...it started with school and has been encouraged by the media of course. There is nothing fat about this child. It's hard to teach a child to eat for health when they are being encouraged to eat to be a twig.

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TINAKARR 8/17/2009 8:09AM

    Not only do we have to fight against these stereotypes, but I think of my 3 girls growing up and how these thing will affect their self image. It's difficult enough for us as adults to realize that what is portrayed is not reality. Thanks for the info!!

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SOCAL_MOM 8/14/2009 12:59PM

    very interesting and insightful post. thanks for sharing.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 8/14/2009 10:04AM

    Aah yes. And there are some SERIOUS documented stigmas against obesity in our society. PM me if you want me to send you a research article I found on that...

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BOTZZZ 8/14/2009 9:40AM

    I saw the Kelly Clarkson thing on the news morning and actually laughed to myself because of the Irony in the magazines title and what the article was about and what they had done with the cover photo.

Imperfectly perfect...I like it.

As Ever

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MARJIJANE 8/14/2009 1:37AM

    What is sad is that too many American people will agree with the slanted point of view.... It was the Carnival Mirror Demon who kept me from seeing how bad I looked and how big I really was... the media is our Carnival Mirror assistant... lie, lie, lie.... it's what they feed us and then we start to deny things for ourselves!...until we have gained the weight by lying about how much we really eat... 'cause if you don't eat it where someone sees it, it doesn't count"... yeah right... we have to take charge ourselves... we have to step up and acknowledge that we have the power to not buy the media that is obviously lying to us! ...out of Self Respect!

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ROYALETBONE 8/13/2009 10:47PM

    Thanks for the links!
It would be nice if they at least showed people the proportions that they really are.. I understand taking out clothing wrinkles and bad shading, but they do go over the top...
Ahh, the magic of Photoshop.

PS- the joys of editing... love the new title!

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