Friday, May 13, 2011
This is another blog I came across regarding Spark's censorship. The more I hear about this the more saddened I am. Turns out that she was "bullied" by continual reports of photos. You know the inspirational ones like this:
It seems that money is involved with a possible deal/merger whatever and the prospect of sexy on a weightloss sight is...well you know. It's okay to STRIVE fo be sexy, just don't show it. Or maybe it was one like this?
I think I should make that one for my background....
eh, anyhoosit..I thought this one was very well worded. I couldn't have said it better myself and I want to thank CREATINGAMANDA for letting me share this. I refuse to think that my niece, nephew, and husband deploy overseas so that our Constitutional right of free speech be censored for a business deal.
To my knowledge, I have never had anyone report a blog of mine as "inappropriate." I try not to say anything on my blogs that I wouldn't say to your face in real life if I had the chance to meet you. I'm sure those who have met me in real life can attest to the fact that I'm not generally an offensive person. Right? Guys?
In order to join SparkPeople, according to the Terms and Conditions that all of us had to agree to, you have to be over the age of 18, which officially makes you an adult even if you can't legally drink. As adults, I believe that we should be able to recognize that not everybody will agree with our opinions, and THAT IS OK.
I wonder how all of you would feel about me if I was as open as some other members of this site that come under fire. Would you still visit my page if you knew that I don't (and have never) attended church? At all, ever ever? And have no intention of changing that? Would you feel differently if you knew that in real life I swear like a drunken sailor and almost never give money to homeless people? Would it change your mind if you knew that it's because I can barely afford to feed myself half the time? How about if I told you that my last relationship ended because I cheated on my partner who was cheating on his wife? Ok, well it didn't happen that way but it could have - would you judge me for it?
Of course you would. We all judge people. We find people that we genuinely like, for whatever reason, and those are the people we attach ourselves to. I have to wonder, then, if you worked with someone whose opinions didn't match your own would you constantly be reporting them to your boss for these opinions? I can tell you that, at least where I work, the boss would say, "Tough. He/she doesn't have to agree with you, you don't have to like each other but you do have to coexist. Now go figure it out and stop bothering me."
I can't tell you how many blogs I have read on this site that I have disagreed with, but I can tell you how many I have found offensive enough to report: ZERO. I am adult enough to recognize a difference opinion when I find one and to go on my merry way. I have attached myself to a group of people on this site who I LIKE, who are different from me but who respect our differences and who I can count on. Would you feel differently about all of these people that you report if you knew how kind they have been to me when I have needed them the most?
Would it really make you happy to censor everyone whose opinions were not like your own? What a boring place this would be then, how stagnant and dull. People who have not blogged in years if at all, but who tell you how to change your blog, come off as insulting and demoralizing, as do those who report blogs that they simply don't agree with.
Here's the number one rule, as far as I'm concerned, with regards to being an adult: Everyone is entitled to their own opinions. You don't have to agree with them, but that doesn't mean they don't have a right to them.
You do not have the right to censor or silence anyone just because they don't agree with you. In future, look at what exactly is insulting to you. Is it racist? Sexist? Does it offend your religion or your place in society? Or does it merely differ from your own opinion? There is a big difference between being inappropriate and just not being YOU. Like I said, I have come across so many blogs that I disagree with on this site - I just close the window, by the way - but that doesn't make them offensive. Does it mean that I'll continue to read their blogs? Probably not ... but that doesn't mean that their opinions aren't valid or that someone else won't really get something from what is written. It just means it's not for me.
I know that many of you will see this as an attempt to stand behind a friend that I feel was wronged, but you'd be missing my point (although I do definitely feel that way - she was wronged). My point is that each blog will speak to each person differently ... just because it doesn't speak to you doesn't mean its writer should be silenced. Just because you don't agree with it doesn't make it inappropriate.
EDIT: I just want to clear this up - SP did not ban YOOVIE from the site, she chose to leave on her own. As much as I love her I can completely understand that decision - and I would understand if she never wanted to come back. She has my wholehearted support whatever she decides. This blog started with what has been happening with YOOVIE, but it is not only about her - it's about everyone who has ever been at the receiving end of such nonsense and "reports" telling them that their opinions are inappropriate.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
I've been watching the Extreme Couponing because I know someone in Oregon who does it. My daughter and I were really excited to try out something like this, but, alas it requires the participation of stores to double or sometimes triple coupons. There are none that I know of in Northern California.
I'm still facing time delimma. I know most of it is just good ol fashioned motivation. How do people get up at 4 am to workout? I set my alarm and snooze til 430 before I shut it off and get up at normal time.
Then I think about it all day.
Then I eat...poorly.
Then I go to bed and start all over.
I'm really trying to get out of this funk.
I'm hoping that with finals being just about over and with me walking the Bay to Breakers this weekend that I can focus on "me" for awhile. Then as I (hopefully) feel results I can get more motivated..ya know?
right now...I'm just sleeeeeeeeepy
I just need to win the lottery...that's all.
Sunday, May 01, 2011
So, here's everyone's mission, if you choose to take it. I just "found out" on another team that if you go to your Spark Start Page there is a button called "my goals/progress" click on that and update your current weight with your target weight. As mine is a 5% challenge I entered:
Current Weight: 188.8
Target Weight: 179.4
By When: July 2, 2011
What I DIDN'T know was that Spark automatically adjusts your calorie intake and cardio outtake for you to maintain that goal. Don't ask me WHY I didn't know this...probably just never really paid attention... Huh...it really IS about the numbers! LOL So, now my calorie/cardio is this:
Calories Eaten: Eat between 1300 and 1650 calories per day
Calories Burned: Burn 1360 calories per week
Weight Progress: Go from 188.8 to 179.4 by 7/2/2011
For the sake of my June 1st or Bust the Swimsuit challenge (Slim in 6) I am splitting hairs ad going 183 by June 1st...
So NOW...I will really try to Burn it Up daily to reach or exceed my Calories burned. Calories eaten I clearly NEVER have a problem with...well, except in the exceeding department.
For awhile I was putting my weight on my hand to remind myself of what I was trying to lose. Now I'm gonna put my calorie OUT on my hand to remind me what I need to DO!!
My iPod is going in my pocket as it has a pedometer on it.
You know what? You know what?
Did you know that you can forget your workout?? It's true, I've seen me do it.
I was working out 5 days in a row when I took a rest day. I worked out again and went to put my sticker on my chart when low and behold....I was missing 3 days worth of stickers!! I pondered and I thought and I realized
I truly forgot.
I'm still trying to figure out where the time went and all that jazz, but I truly just forgot. So NOW my plan of attack is to work out EVERYDAY. Every flippin day even if it's just a nice brisk walk/run or the Slim and Limber or Wii workout or whatever...but there" IS NO BATHROOM!! "*
Oooooh Oooooooh Oooooooh!
Found me a pic of another dress... wanna see? I'll show you anyways.
and and and and!! The Bay to Breakers exactly TWO WEEKS FROM TODAY!!
It's My very first race..... and I'm gonna walk it.....with my girls.......
and I'm so happy today!
and the sun is shining!!
Time to go burn 1360 calories for the week :o) (or more...yeah, MORE!!)
*Kindergarten Cop w/Arnie Schwartzenegger
Friday, April 22, 2011
I had a really neat pic of a bandaged penguin racing through the finish line on my vision collage that I wanted to use, but can't find it.
**afterthought** I read on Spark blogs that putting visions on your vision board could produce true things...broken penguin....broken foot?? Maybe it's time to change the vision board?? LOL
Anyhoosit, yesterday I attempted a Burn it Up DVD and could only produce 20 minutes of it. I thought I would step back down to Ramp it Up this monring but after I got up I thought, "no. I can do this" and ya know what? I DID!!
I didn't do the lunges because that entailed bending the toes back. See, as the sprain is on the arch of my foot and the top of my foot, bending toes back is BAAAAAD....at least painful.
But, I did the rest! I squatted, oblique crunched it, and I even sweated a tad bit
And wanna hear something REALLY amazing? I used my coffee as a REWARD!! That's right...ol' Hippo here didn't drink her pot of coffee 1st but went straight to workin out!!
"giant coffee cup yeap its coffee yum yum giant mochachino" from flickr.com
I wasn't going to put my weight on my tracker, but I got a little excited from the scale today. I thought.....self, if I put this on the tracker, YOU better keep it there or I'm telling!!
There it is...on my tracker.
The sun is shining
I have my brother and friends coming over for Easter dinner!!
and I feel like singing!!
see you tomorrow!!
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