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Words of Encouragement.6.15.11

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

" Condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance."
--- Ralph Waldo Emerson

" All life demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish, and insensitive to the real values of life. The very striving and hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today."
--- Ralph Ransom

" We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery."
--- Samuel Smiles

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IDSWEETHEART79 6/15/2011 11:14AM

    Thank you, I needed those today!

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WTF is up with the Cheetos?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I see we have a new toolbar courtesy of SP. I was slightly annoyed at the whole thing because like most tool bars is has ads on it which is what tools bars do despite their claims to be helpful and all that other BS.

So anyways Im starting at this little tool bar, and for the record you can HIDE the tool bar so you don't have to look at it and I realize this so thank's for trying to help before you even say it.

The reason I have a hair up my a** is starting back at me from the tool bar is a Cheetah. Now it looks suspiciously like the Chester Cheetos Cheetah, but thats not possible on the SP web site is it? They wouldn't possibly have something that promotes crap like cheetos? Well upon clicking on it thats exactly what it is a game featureing Chester Cheetah for Cheetos.

Admitidly I am in a horribly bad mood so this rant is off the tracks but I was a hair bit, well I can't say offended nor can I say I am incensed but I guess we can pick miffed out of the closet and use that.

Given all the facts I stated above about the fact I can hide the toolbar or just ignore the tool bar and actually after playing with the tool bar it does have some redeeming qualities I am still a little miffed about the choice of advertising

Over my time here at sparks I have seen some advertising that I deem questionable by my own personal standards
actually as I am flipping around the toolbar (which I am liking the actual tool bar) I see an ad for a Bakers Challenge gluten free contest with a picture of a evil looking chocolate square of some sort.

Perhaps I am just over reacting seeing as the site is free which I am grateful for this is the best website of its kind on the internet. And I suppose not everyone who is on SP has emotional food issues or has an eating disorder like I do, but I do know of a great many people on here who do. I know the site has to be paid for somehow and thats through advertising, I would just think that they would be a little more selective on what they choose to advertise on here.

Well I am not longer miffed and the toolbar is still pretty nifty however I still stand by my earlier rant about the advertising choices. Perhaps its a necessary evil in order for us to enjoy this great site, on the other hand its not very helpful if the ads trigger people. Not everyone will be triggered by the ads but many of us could be and those of you who are sitting there feeling superior because you have it under control and aren't bothered by such things, GREAT JOB! *thumbs up* I will make sure they put a gold star in your file. The rest of you who have food issues I would like to hear your opinions. Granted its not like watching TV where you are assualted with ads for all kinds of deliciously evil looking treats but the option there is to change the channel, perhaps thats the option here. I just think perhaps they could structure their advertising a bit better

**knowledge is power**

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GREG32572 6/20/2011 5:54PM

I in fact got a response back from both Spark Coach Jen and The Spark Guy himself.
This is an excerpt from one email suggested if we find an ad that is really inappropriate to email:

and apparently they will look into it and decide if it should be pulled or not
I was really impressed with Chris (spark guy) email. Not that his was really “better” than Jens email per say but took the time to really address all my concerns and I like that
He told me in a little more detail what to do in order to help out with ads we deem inappropriate

But basically SP is part of a few ad networks and sometimes try as they might ads do slip through that do not coincide with the message of SP.
The site does depend on ad money to keep it free so some ads do fall into a gray area which I can understand and respect.

So overall I am pleased with the response just figured after ranting and raving about it the least I could do was to acknowledge that SP is defiantly on the job and do the best that we can.

I like the fact they took time out of their busy days to at least drop me an email and acknowledge what I had to say. I'm not hard to please :D unless your dating me then oh brother watch out

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    I agree in principle, but if they are paying for an add that helps keep SP free to me, I can ignore some adds. emoticon

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CICI510 6/14/2011 2:38PM

    I agree that there should be some standards as far as ads but I can't really say much since this is a free website. I do have food triggers and things like that do trigger me. Just reading this you said Cheetos and now I want the flaming hot kind (my fav) and when I start craving something I am still so weak I give in even though I know its bad. In my defense, I do watch my portions so it doesn't hinder my weight maintenance but still-its junk that I am putting into my body. :(

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Words of Encouragement.6.13.11

Monday, June 13, 2011

" Let us not judge one another by look,
But by the character of their heart and mind."
--- Sara D., Age 17 --- Ohio

" Success is never lasting,
And failure is never final."
--- Unknown --- Contributed by Krissy G., Age 15 --- Ohio

" You can be anything you want,
If you are willing to pay the price."
--- Eddie Robinson
--- Submitted by Crystal L.
--- Grade 11 --- West Florence High --- South Carolina

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DLSMITH411 6/13/2011 10:39AM


One in particular hit home on a non-weight-loss front today, and all were (as always) inspiring.

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ELRIDDICK 6/13/2011 9:51AM

  Thanks for sharing!!

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Words of Encouragement.6.13.11

Sunday, June 12, 2011

" There's no such thing as perfection. But, in striving for perfection, we can achieve excellence."
Vince Lombardi

" You have one thing in common with all successful people - "24 HOURS A DAY". It's how you use them that makes all the difference."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Pradnya Potdar --- India

" Fight until you bleed; bleed until you accomplish."
Written in 2008 by Casey S. --- California

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MERLA59 6/13/2011 8:09AM

  Thank you for the words of encouragement! And I really like your background page--Awesome! emoticon

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Words of Encouragement.6.11.11

Saturday, June 11, 2011

" Victory always starts in the head. It's a state of mind. It then spreads with such radiance and such affirmations that destiny can do nothing but obey."
Douchan Gersi

Age and experience bring clarity which should not be confussed with wisdom
--Greg Koester written 6.10.11--

" Do the thing you fear to do and keep on doing it... that is the quickest and surest way ever yet discovered to conquer fear."
Dale Carnegie

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RAC1027 6/11/2011 10:24AM

    emoticon The quotes are great!

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GREG32572 6/11/2011 10:23AM

    thanks boss :)

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CICI510 6/11/2011 10:19AM

    Love them!!

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MARELNAT 6/11/2011 10:02AM

    Thanks so much for bringing me these great and wonderful words of encouragement! I especially like the one by Gersi; very true!! emoticon emoticon

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