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Dear Gamers and Shoppers

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Dear Gamers and Shoppers,

I am writing this for the gamers and shoppers who spend their spare time indoors.
I had my heart set on a terrific hike this beautiful morning in the forest. Meet time was 7:00 a.m., had my duds ready to go. Woke up this morning with the forest on my mind and in my heart.

My knee and back were in bad form. I have had a bum knee for almost 2 decades and a bad back even longer. My better judgment kept me home. There will be other hikes, this is my only set of all me knees. It was a heart breaking choice, but the right one. And yes I did cry and feel sorry for myself a bit.

You can take my hike with all of its fun and adventure. Get off you rear and toss your sedentary electronic toys aside. You have your healthy youth and it is not eternal. Don’t waste it on the couch or at the mall.

One day you will you will want to trek in the forest but you will be too old with poor health.

I read a young mother’s blog who’s husband would rather spend his limited spare time gaming instead of with his kid. “Dude, take your kid out on a hike! Be a dad!”

I don’t get your choice to spend your weekends staying up till all hours of the night pretending you are having an adventure in the forest with fantasy creatures. You have real world adventures with real world people.

Past generations made the very wise decision to make sure we always had beautiful places to go to. Find one of those places and go while you still can.

Best Regards,
An Old Hiker



  
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1BEACHWALKER 3/31/2011 7:21PM

    You said it! When I think back to all the time I have wasted just being a couch potato, being too tired after work to get out and enjoy the outside! Bob used to Bike everywhere for miles, even in the heat of the summer. Not me! I could just kick myself-especially after gaining all this fat! And bad health with it! At least one thing good came out of all the gaming systems and that was Wii! With all the exercise that can be done especially for those who cannot get out and enjoy the weather for whatever reason! But, believe me I know first hand what you mean about the gaming systems and what they can do to kids! My brother in one of them!! Take care of that back and those knees! emoticon

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1TRULYBLESSED 3/30/2011 7:34PM

    Amen, Sistah! I have a 19-y.o. son who is an avid gamer...and, gained about 30-40 pounds in his first semester at college!! Gotta say, he comes by it honestly; I didn't appreciate the value of moving, living, BEING, until I was in my 30's at least ('tho in my case, it was books, not games, that kept me from living a REAL life!). I am now thankful for the blessing of being able to get out and enjoy God's beautiful world, and am fighting to keep and improve that ability!


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ITSTHENEWLAUREN 3/28/2011 4:33PM

  What a beautiful picture! I can't wait for it to warm up here (more for the snow and ice to melt) so we can head to the mountains and do some hiking. I love it!

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SPLASHDOG1 3/28/2011 3:37PM

    Resting the ol' body parts for a bit will hopefully make future hikes even more enjoyable! Doesn't sound like something that ever completely goes away - so I hope you feel well enough to get out again soon. I know you will!!

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KLAD_COCKERS 3/28/2011 10:58AM

    I hope that your "all you" knees are feeling better today, so that you can get out and enjoy nature. Being in pain is NEVER fun!

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LIBBYFITZ 3/28/2011 3:42AM

    You are so right , what a waste of youth if they don't get out there with their friends and or children and have fun!
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EGRAMMY 3/27/2011 9:30PM

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JAXMOMMY 3/27/2011 9:00PM

    Amen Victoria! Whoever said youth was wasted on the young was right! Sorry you missed out on your hike, but glad you listened to your body instead of making matters worse! Hope you are back to hiking real soon!

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LESSOFMOORE 3/27/2011 8:21PM

    Victoria, I am sorry that you had to miss your hike:( Still, you were smart to listen to your body and take care of it. I hope you feel better soon! emoticon emoticon

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LAURELSPARK 3/27/2011 7:50PM

    Sorry that you missed your hike today but there will be others. I wish that I could get more walking in. I can only go for about an hour right now before my back starts hurting.

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JHADZHIA 3/27/2011 6:48PM

    I can't even remember the last time I got to play a game. I don't have a huge choice where to hike and only have the option when I am at my Mom's and can get on the river trails. Having experienced being crippled at an early age, and constant problems there after, no one appreciates the ability to be able to walk, let alone hike, then me. I prefer moving it to sitting on my butt any day of the week. So sorry about your knees and back, missing the hike:((
I would have been glad to be your proxy!
Feel better soon..
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DETERMINED_SOUL 3/27/2011 6:08PM

    I bet your body is thanking you for taking care of your knee. I feel so bad when I have to miss a workout. They make me feel so wonderful and I know I am a much better person for them. I also hear you about people neglecting their kids. If you have kids they should definitely be a priority over other things in your life.

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IUHRYTR 3/27/2011 5:06PM

    YES! I know the disappointment but we need to care for ourselves. And, right on about Dads and their children. Soon it will be too late and they will have missed all the opportunities to bond with their kids. I'm not able to walk long distances but even those times I walk to the end of the block I get such a new perspective on the houses and yards that I want to do it more. Wish I was well enough and close enough to go with you on one of your hikes. The pictures you've posted over time show a happy group of people and beautiful scenery and vistas. Enjoy them. They are a blessing. emoticon -- Lou

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NEVERORNOW 3/27/2011 3:18PM

    Great advice and very well said!! emoticon

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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 3/27/2011 3:17PM

    My sweetie dog makes sure I get a few good walks a day.

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GRACEISENUF 3/27/2011 3:12PM

    Great advice!

Hope you feel better really soon and hike the highest mountain you climbed so far!



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Close Your Eyes, Take A Deep Breath & Think Of Spark!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Most of us just adore our Spark resources and friends. Our teams, friends, message boards, recipes and more. I love it all, including the fitness and nutrition trackers. I don't think I have had a negative experience on this site. If I have, I don't remember it. I don't even mind that I can't get sponsors for my walk. I totally get the consistency of keeping the site on focus!

When I think of Spark People.com I feel comfort, support and POWER!

Power? Yes, Power.

Support = Power
Knowledge = Power
Activity = Power

Breathing is just plain healthy. So I want you to....


CLOSE YOUR EYES.....

TAKE A DEEP BREATH.....

THINK OF SPARK PEOPLE!

This prescription is PRN!

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1BEACHWALKER 3/31/2011 7:23PM

    You got that right! emoticon emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 3/29/2011 12:06AM

    I love Spark people too!

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ROCKYCPA 3/27/2011 1:16PM

    This is a great site and the friends you make are so supportive. No bad experience here.

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LIBBYFITZ 3/27/2011 11:34AM

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 3/27/2011 10:43AM

    Love your upbeat posting - thanks for being a part of SparkPeople!!

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JOURNEYTO60 3/27/2011 10:30AM

    I feel the same way. I feel like I found somethiing really special!

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WINE4GIRL 3/26/2011 7:53PM

    Absolutely! I've made friends on SP from four different countries that I now count on chatting with and seeing what they are up to. How cool is that???
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JHADZHIA 3/26/2011 7:29PM

    I totally share the same experience -nothing bad has happened here and that is RARE online! LOVE it here! All my online time is here. Facebook is in mothballs ;)


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JUSTBIRDY 3/26/2011 6:38PM

    emoticon Are you back on ((ssv))????

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IUHRYTR 3/26/2011 6:01PM

    I like what you said but I don't know what PRN stands for. -- Lou

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MEMEEMEEE 3/26/2011 3:49PM

    I love everything about Spark People...it's amazing and I'm so glad I found this site!

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LHLADY517 3/26/2011 3:42PM

    Absolutely right.

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 3/26/2011 2:35PM

    I couldn't agree more!

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You Look Great Baby, You Always Did!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

I had the immense pleasure of shopping yesterday with a special someone who recently lost a few pounds. She was not overweight before, but she had gone up a dress size or so. It sure can be hard on a young lady's self image when she goes shopping and notices a few pounds crept up on her when she wasn't looking.

There is something so sweet about the look on a young woman's face when she loves how she looks in a dress or outfit. Spending the day shopping with that very special girl who looked great before, but just looks a little bit better was perfect. Not because she looks better, but because she FEELS BETTER!

I can't think of anything more that I would want for her and this is what we strive for our youth, self esteem! I certainly don't think girls need to lose weight to feel good, nor do they have to be thin. One simply cannot argue with the fact that girls do feel better when they like what they see in the mirror. I am not as proud of the way she looks, as I am of the way she feels.

She worked hard at it. Changing eating habits, exercising everyday & giving up the party nights with the girlfriends. Her focus was to get and feel healthy. It really took some determination but she did it.

Encouraging someone to improve their appearance is a good thing. Helping a young lady get to a fit weight is a great gift. This is is just not achieved through criticism and statements. It comes from setting an example and taking that journey with them.

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You look great Baby and You always did, I love you !

  
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/30/2011 10:34PM

    AMEN! What a great blog! yes, she's blessed to know you, that's for sure!

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GINA180847 3/28/2011 5:40PM

    Lucky young lady to have you to shop with her.

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IUHRYTR 3/24/2011 10:40PM

    YOU look great. Must be all that California hiking. emoticon -- Lou

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LAURELSPARK 3/24/2011 4:35PM

    Your young lady is lucky to have you on her team!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/24/2011 4:23PM

    I agree Cyndie, the whole diet police thing never seems to help anyone. I will say I love it when someone teaches me about food and exercise though, but that is different. One educates the other humiliates.

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MARAHAB 3/24/2011 4:04PM

    Way to go! She certainly is lucky to know you!

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LESSOFMOORE 3/24/2011 3:57PM

    What a lovely blog! Positve reinforcement is so much nicer than the diet/exercise police approach! I believe that a positive approach yields positive results!

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DTSOBEL 3/24/2011 2:14PM

    What a wonderful blog. It is true that we don't need to be thin to feel pretty or beautiful. We should buy clothes that look good on us and make us feel nice. I need to remember this!

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ARTSY_CANDICE 3/24/2011 12:53PM

    emoticon She is a lucky lil aldy to have you in her corner!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 3/24/2011 12:39PM

    That is so cool and I couldn't agree more.



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GRACEISENUF 3/24/2011 12:29PM

    Positive reinforcement goes a long way for sure! Criticism alienates and I can speak from experience on that one.

Happy Sparking my positively, encouraging friend!



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CHERIRIDDELL 3/24/2011 12:24PM

    How lucky she is to have someone like you to encourage her Victoria .You are a treasure of a friend !

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April 9th 2011 M.S. Walk

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

It has come to my attention Spark People does not allow posts such as the one I made regarding the M.S. Walk. I am not one to offend or violate policy.

I can appreciate this policy and apologize for having violated it. Thanks to those of you who corrected me as well.

Having said that, I think it is okay for me to say....

I am just totally thrilled to be participating in the M.S. Walk on April 9th out of Irvine, California. I am on Team Grizzly as are my two sisters, nieces, daughter and other family members (not my parents they are too old!).

The most fabulous part of this walk is my sisters will be there with me. My brother passed on the walk but he will participate in other ways. Just between us, I think he should have walked with us! I can write that here on Spark because he is not on the site. My sister is on spark people, but she never checks it so I am safe with you guys. I adore my family and love spending time with them. It would have been so cool for all four of us kids to do it.

I will let you guys know how it goes. I am careful about posting pictures of others so I will ask their permission first.

  
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1BEACHWALKER 3/26/2011 1:57AM

    Good for you! Sounds like a good cause! Have fun with your family! emoticon

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DEBSZOO74 3/25/2011 1:54AM

    Good luck with your walk! I'm doing the one in LA (Pasadena) on April 3rd. This is my first year doing it, and I'm really looking forward to it! emoticon

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LYNNOTT 3/24/2011 1:44PM

    It's always great when the family does something together for a worthy cause! My daughter, sister and I have been participating in the Relay For Life for years. Good luck and have lots of fun!

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GRACEISENUF 3/24/2011 12:30PM

    emoticon cause and what a way to "step up to help!"

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LIBBYFITZ 3/24/2011 9:57AM

    I wish you well on your walk! I ma doing a 5K on the 10th of April for the local TELETHON that will raise funds for the childrens hospital. emoticon

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ITSTHENEWLAUREN 3/24/2011 9:50AM

  What a great cause! Our local walk is June 5th :)

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LESSOFMOORE 3/24/2011 8:42AM

    It's wonderful that you're walking for sucha worthy cause. The fact that you get to do it with your sisters is a bonus! emoticon

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CARLANNIE 3/24/2011 8:35AM

    I am walking a half marathon for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in May, and I have found it to be such a pleasure getting physically prepared for it. And it has brought a wealth of delights from friends and family who have donated. I am walking this by myself, but have a SP friend in Boise who will join me (YES!) and my dog groomer and another friend will join me as well. I think that will make the walk go a lot faster. So glad you can walk with your family!

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CHERIRIDDELL 3/24/2011 1:49AM

    It is a wonderful cause thank you for being thoughtful and caring.

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JHADZHIA 3/24/2011 1:18AM

    That is fantastic you will be walking with family! The first and last time my family ever did anything together was the Ricki Walkathon -we three children got our photo in the paper chowing down on the KFC at the end of the walk -early signs of my vegetarianism -I wanted the chips while brother and sister devoured the chicken lol.
Enjoy your walk!!

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 3/23/2011 10:54PM

    How fun - hope you have a great time and enjoy the time with your sisters!!

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IUHRYTR 3/23/2011 8:19PM

    emoticon for caring, Victoria. I hope others join me in donating what they can to try to eliminate this disease. emoticon -- Lou

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LAURELSPARK 3/23/2011 7:43PM

    I think it is a great cause and it's nice that you can spend time with your family! I'm sure you will have a great time.





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The National MS Society is kicking off Walk MS 2011

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

THIS IS THE STANDARD MESSAGE PROVIDED REGARDING DONATIONS TO A WALK FOR M.S. I am thinking of writing my own, just posting this because I was asked to.

Dear Friends and Family,

The National MS Society is kicking off Walk MS 2011. I am participating this year and I am hoping that you'll join me by making a contribution to support my effort to move us closer to a cure.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society's mission is to create a world free of MS. They fund research and help people who live with MS lead more fulfilling lives. I believe in the work they do, and I invite you to see for yourself all the good they've done for the MS community. More than 450,000 Americans live with MS, and your support will make a difference in their lives.

Please help by making a donation - large or small - to help us move closer to a world free of MS. Or, why not join me on the day of the event? Become a participant and side by side, as teammates, we can work together to raise the funds to make a difference.

Whatever you can give will help! I greatly appreciate your support and will keep you posted on my progress.

Sincerely,
victoria salti

Click here to get to my personal page and make a secure, online donation

  
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1BEACHWALKER 3/26/2011 1:59AM

    That is a terrible disease and it is wonderful you support it. Good luck! emoticon

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LYNNOTT 3/23/2011 2:27PM

    Although it's a great cause, SP will dis-able because it is against their policy to seek donations. Good luck on the walk!

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ITSTHENEWLAUREN 3/23/2011 10:44AM

  Hi Victoria,
This is a great cause, I participate in the MS Walk in the Canadian city where I live every year. Apparently the province I live in has the highest rate of MS in Canada...not sure why that is though.
Lauren

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LESSOFMOORE 3/23/2011 10:12AM

    Victoria, I wish you luck with your fund-raising! MS is certainly a worthy cause. Still, I can't help but wonder if the links have been disabled since, as Linda pointed out, Spark has a policy against fund-raising on the site. emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 3/23/2011 2:19AM

    My friend's son has MS,I was going to donate Victoria but I couldn't get the link to work,oops just noticed.I'll try again tomorrow! hugs,Cheri

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LIBBYFITZ 3/23/2011 1:43AM

    emoticonYes I donate to the local MS Society here in Perth!

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JHADZHIA 3/23/2011 1:26AM

    Hi Victoria,
Thanks so very for supporting this cause. My province of Saskatchewan, is, unfortunately a hotbed of MS. My support stays local as I know someone with MS -a real tragic story. This poor girl graduated high school normal at age 18. By age 20, she was blind and in a wheelchair with difficulty swallowing. Her dear mother, my friend, died of brain cancer only five years later :((
Good luck with your walk and fundraising. Do be aware Sparks has a policy against this :( Hope you don't have trouble..
Thanks again,
Linda

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/22/2011 11:59PM

    Seems these links are bad, I will re- post with good links tomorrow, Victoria

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