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Finding Spark Friends

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

I recently wondered how it would be to have SparkFriends. I started my search by looking at other blogs. I'm still learning how to be brave and blog myself. Anyway, when I found a blog I liked, I left a comment and noticed I was getting answers back from other SparkPeople.

It was fun. I started sending emails back to them asking if I could add them to my "Sparky List" and they became my friends. My idea is to have friends that I can "collect" ideas and suggestions from. I'm not alone or an island, and I don't know everything. In fact, I'm learning so much at SparkPeople that I have become addicted to Sparking everyday. It's Fun! It's Easy! It's Free! IT'S GREAT!

So here I am surrounded by a whole lotta great people and we just need to connect to be friends. Ya'll are GREAT! Thanks.

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QUEEN_REINA 8/25/2010 8:41AM

    It's WONDERFUL how much support we can give each other and get from each other!! Even when I'm not following my program I keep logging on because my spark buds help me get BACK on track! I"m so glad you've found this fantastic support, your gonna be AMAZED at how much it helps!!

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TAMMYTH64 8/24/2010 10:18PM

    Great idea! We're in it for the long haul!
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HARPERLADY 8/24/2010 5:56PM

    sounds like you have a great plan, I love it here , the feed back is great, the more you post the more people get to know you and well it just goes on and on and it great! emoticon

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LOURON 8/24/2010 5:25PM

    I agree that this is a great way to know that we are all on this road to good health together. Also what I can't believe is where everyone comes from. Guess am still getting use to the World Wide Web emoticon

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JANNYMACK 8/24/2010 4:15PM

    It's great to be doing this with others instead of alone, definitely much more fun!


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SHMILY928 8/24/2010 3:04PM

    We're all in this together!

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BJW-FARMGIRL 8/24/2010 2:20PM

    emoticon emoticonWe're all just traveling along our way, doin' the best we can, and connecting with others who have the same struggles. we can do it!

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Authors Unite!

Monday, August 23, 2010

I wrote a novel and it's at a publisher, scheduled for release around November 9, 2010. I am so excited about it, but now I have to do the marketing on this book and this is the scary part for me. However, I may have it licked before I start. One thing I know, I need to be excited about it and I am. I've been telling everyone about it. I can't stop telling people about it.

It makes me wonder how many authors are out there in The SparkPeople World? Maybe it would be a new team? But it would certainly be fun to see how many "Sparkies" are authors.

If you've written a book, please feel free to let me know. If nothing else, I can count comments, but I think it can go a lot further than that. Suggestions welcome.

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CTUPTON 8/23/2010 10:06AM

    When I was using another website for dieting support, one woman wrote a book about motorcycling around the Mississippi River area. Her "thing" was photography. So the book had plenty of photos.The people on the forums with her cheered her on and felt like we were going through her 9 months --or more--of "pregnancy." When the book was published we all felt like she had given birth. I bet there are other authors here on sparkpeople. Maybe if you start a team, others will join. Or send out feelers first --like you are doing now. Good luck!
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7PASTORMIKE7 8/23/2010 8:10AM

    I am in the process of writing a book or series of them ! Rev. Mike

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Today, I read the Spark Article, Squeezing Your Stress Away, and was extremely surprised, excited, revved, and impressed. According to the article, squeezing a stress ball, (no amount of time stated) you can destress, reduce arthritic pain by increasing your vascular circulation and reduce stiffness in the hands. That was the key to my enjoyment of this article.

My hands have been so stiff and sore lately and I knew it was arthritis and I was getting stressed over it. I type for a living. I write books. I can't become a gnarled ball of arthritic limbs! So I looked around for something I could use as a stress ball. Thank God for my silly collection of "Beanie Babies" of several years ago. I have "Hissy" the snake. A cute little thing and full of tiny beans. So I grabbed it, stretched it out of its coil and started squeezing as instructed. I noticed a difference immediately.

I'm going to throw some "Beanie Baby" in my car for use there, too, as I think it will help when I stop at a light and get snitty over a long winded light because it's wasting gasoline for all of us.

Thanks Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer for you advise and views on a wonderful, unknown, piece of exercise equipment. My hands appreciate it and I appreciate you.


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YOGAGIRLNH 8/22/2010 11:57AM

    That's a great way to improvise! I, too, spend most of my day typing on the computer, and I'm an avid knitter. My grandmother and a couple of her sisters had bad arthritis, and I've always been worried that it's genetic. I'll have to check out the article. Thanks for the tip.

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I can't believe I'm Blogging!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

When I first heard about blogging, I was astonished. Why would anyone put their personal feelings in a public area for anyone, absolutely anyone, to read. Here I am, doing the same thing and wondering why.

I am very private and I like it that way. I had a job for years where security was prime and you just didn't let people know your feelings on anything. I was raised in a family that had two very controlling parents. "Put a smile on that face, even if you don't feel happy and don't give me excuses!"

I can look back now and know that they were control freaks and at the time I was too young and sheltered to know the difference. I know they loved me, but they were controlling.

Unfortunately, when I got older and realized that, I discovered I was a bit there myself. I actually hate being a controlling person, so being the extremist, I go the other way and come across like a shrinking violet or easily controlled. I don't think I am either one but I haven't found the middle ground yet.

When you work in a job that has security as the prime directive, you don't let people know your feelings, your plans, your personal life because it can be a way to get to you to their benefit. But it makes for a very dark and singular lifestyle.

So now I'm breaking away from it, slowly, like a cat going outside, checking all the angles, listening to all the sounds, checking all the scents, to ensure safety for myself.

I'm finding other people that feel the same way I do, but because their experience, education, and environment has been different, they have a different angle on the subject. By adding my angles, the picture becomes more complete, the lens widens and we all learn more.

I will keep learning and finding out all kinds of things here. Happiness, anger, fears, all kinds of things. Maybe I can help someone else a little. I am sure someone else can help me a great deal all over the spectrum.

Have a grand one, everyone!

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TAMMYTH64 8/18/2010 9:46PM

    I know what you mean. I don't blog much but when I do I feel a certain release.

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FAERYBRIDE 8/18/2010 4:55PM

    Thanks for sharing! I feel the same way every time I blog. It feels awkward and yet cathartic. I'm just getting used to it.

Good luck!

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Water Aerobics

Thursday, August 12, 2010

I am so energized. I woke up late because I had one wake period of an hour early this morning and was almost late for water aerobics. Being on vacation hasn't slowed me down and I'm finding myself having a blast doing the busy, but fun things on vacation.

At water aerobics, we used this little styrofoam hand dumb bell and putting it behind one knee, clenching it with my leg so it wouldn't get free, raised my knee up and down (Hip Flexor) and by the time I was finished, I could really feel the burn in my muscles and I know I'm strengthening my hip and thigh muscles, and keeping inflammation out of my trochanteric bursa (hip bursa). It also feels easier to do the hip flexor in the water and with the dumb bell, it is more intense.

I'm off to the beach to walk and enjoy the last of the sun as storms are headed this way starting tomorrow. Hopefully, they will hold off long enough to get another walk in tomorrow, too.

Everyone, please read my new book coming out around December of this year. If you're interested, it's a novel, with some romance, very discrete, mystery and life on a ranch in the Wyoming Mountains. I created a fictious town in my book, which was fun. I'm writing a sequel to it now.

Have a great day!

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CTUPTON 8/22/2010 4:33PM

    Water aerobics has been my nirvana! I can't wait to get there--that does not mean that I don't procrastinate....I love reading your blogs and sparkpage, etc. I would love to read your books, too. Chris emoticon

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TAMMYTH64 8/12/2010 1:59PM

    Very nice!
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WETPTARMIGAN 8/12/2010 12:44PM

    Isn't water aerobics wonderful!I love teachers who can create new challenges using buoyancy and simple equipment. And aren't you brilliant to be exercising on vacation! emoticon

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