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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.

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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.

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LULUBELLE65 2/19/2013 3:27AM

    While I think it is silly that Spark wants to take down pictures like that, and even sillier that people take the time to report them, you don't have a Constitutional right to post whatever you want on Spark's pages. "Freedom of Speech" is the right to speak freely in a public place, and even that is governed by certain rules. Spark is a private space; when you agree to the terms of service, you enter into a contract which says that you (me, everyone) will abide by their policies. And if their policies include no sexy pictures, then those are the policies that we have to abide by. I have had similar pictures taken down, and while I am annoyed, I am willing to abide by their rules because I think that overall Spark has been a good thing for me.

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BOPPY_ 2/19/2013 1:30AM

    On a more pertinent note:

You aspire to be sexy. Nothing worng with that in my estimation.

At my age, I have more modest goals, to be less physically objectionable to myself.


I'm getting there ...


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BOPPY_ 2/19/2013 1:27AM

    As near as I can tell, I've been censored three times.

All, because I've expressed displeasure with all the religious quotes.

Apparently it's okay to push your religion onto everyone else, but it's not okay to object.

Color me protesting!

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RUNCHOOSE 9/6/2011 1:28PM

    Thanks for showing sample pics; they aren't offensive to me. I wonder who the SP editor is and what they are thinking.

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ANDI_3K 5/20/2011 12:21AM

    You are amazing! And I have to check on YOOVIE, I have been gone so long I have lost track of what's going on. Thanks for this

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TRIGFROST 5/19/2011 1:06PM

    I am w/ you...we all see things differently, but we do not have to throw people to the wolfs...Sorry to hear about Your Friend...

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SCOTMAMA 5/16/2011 11:15PM

    I haven't encountered much censorship myself, and I've never found any blog to be so offensive that I would report it. It's my feeling that if you don't like something, just delete it or if that isn't possible -- don't read it.

There are so many worthwhile articles and blogs out there to read, why get upset over the minimal number of things that may cause you to feel anger or sadness/depression?

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ENDUROVET 5/16/2011 5:16PM

    Great post! I agree completely...

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NELLIEC 5/14/2011 5:57PM

    Don't feel bad since even Christian comments have some censorship. When I posted a Bible reading which included the word Girgash*tes, I got an automatic message from the computer about profanity. At the time I didn't realize that that word included a four letter word that is considered to be profanity. Since it was immediate, it was something that was picked up on by the computer, not a person. Personally I found it amusing to have a computer censoring a Bible reading.

However, you do have to realize there are many people who do find some words and some pictures objectionable, and SP would lose a lot more members by not censoring some things.

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    So I know this isn't the point of this blog, but when I read about how your last relationship ended cause you were cheating on a guy who was cheating on his wife, I was like WHOA! LOL. Then I read it wasn't true and was kinda sad. I wanted to hear more about that! LOL

Anyway, preach it!

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GRSMITH80 5/13/2011 2:08PM

    Great blog! It needs to be said (AND MORE IMPORTANTLY HEARD) again and again until someone gets the point. I also don't attend church and I also won't put anything in writing that I won't say to someone's face. I stand behind my opinions and have seen far too many people (like you've said it's not just Yoovie, I can think of 10 people who've been wrongfully reported) censored because someone didn't learn "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all" from their parents. It really leaves you wondering where all the grown-ups have gone! BTW try to type out an email response to someone with a cuss word and press send..... I spend multiple trys editing my mail to a SP friend who cusses as much as me because SP won't allow me to cuss in my responses.....

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DOGSTARDADDY 5/13/2011 12:37PM

    Great blog. Thanks for taking the time to write it.

Spark is supposed to be "adults" only. If that is the case, then who exactly is being harmed? Some people need to act like grown ups.

My argument to censors has always been "You don't like what I have to say? Then don't listen! Change the channel... don't buy the magazine.. just walk away." If you are a grown up, you have a choice, if you find something I do or say offensive. Just bloody walk away, and get over it. Odds are, I think something you do is stupid too. But I'm not taking away your choice to do it.

I took some flack a while back about a blog over teenage eating disorders and suicide, and I am leader on multiple teams (including Team Zombie.) I'm sure there are people who find the artwork over on that team page offensive. Maybe the picture police will be coming for me next.

But in the end folks, we need to remember: This is Sparks house... their rules. And it's a business. They aren't your friends. It may suck, but as my father used to say, "You don't like the way I run things? There's the door."

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JENERIN01 5/13/2011 11:34AM

    Be careful I had to take mine down on my blog. I was reported for pics like those.

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FVHORVATH 5/13/2011 11:04AM

    I did not know YOOVIE either but it sure makes me want to read all her blogs. You must be a great friend to her and I hope she will continue her journey if not here then someplace were she does feel comfortable. I am glad you tell it like it is. I am that kind of person also.

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ELLEYKAT 5/13/2011 11:03AM

    Thanks for the great blog post - I never knew this sort of stuff was happening! I really love both of those pictures and wish I had more! I'm going to hang them around my workout space as motivational posters. Part of why I'm working hard to get fit and lose weight is because I want to look and feel sexier - there's nothing wrong with that!!

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SAMANTHA_CAN 5/13/2011 11:03AM

    Has anyone noticed the popular blogs this morning that had comments about Yoovie and censorship.... aren't in the popular blog section anymore... Weird HUH? That is EFFED Up.... (no offense) emoticon But what is going on with that?!

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BUTEAFULL 5/13/2011 10:59AM

    emoticonwell written

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RUBYTWOSDAY 5/13/2011 9:29AM

    It saddens me to see happening here on SparkPeople the same thing I have seen on other memberships, whether its for growing African Violets, raising budgies... so many seemingly innocent and innocuous memberships, and the list could go on indefinitely.

I agree, with you, that in the 'real' world, if we come across someone who 'rubs you the wrong way', the civilized thing to do is to walk away from the person and just let it go. At least that is how I was raised.

The power of anonymity we feel when sitting behind a monitor and keyboard can get way out of hand. Its too bad that, instead of avoiding the blogs/members whose beliefs don't coincide with ours, that people feel the power of the keyboard can make these members with their beliefs go away.

I've never read any of the blogs that Yoovie posted, but now I wish I had! Good for you for standing up what you believe is right!

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ELECTRICITY3699 5/13/2011 9:19AM

    Love your blog! Thank you! Love the pics too :)

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BAKER1009 5/13/2011 8:56AM

    Wow, I had no idea that YOOVIE left. I was never friends with her, but read many of her blogs and often commented on them. I always loved to read them and thought she did a great job at bringing truth to everyone. I never found any of her blogs offense. Yeah, I might not have agreed sometimes, but we don't all agree, all the time. Life doesn't work that way.
As far as the pictures, I don't see a problem with any of them. You know what I have a problem with on this site? The advertisements that run sometimes. For unhealthy treats and unhealthy supplements. BUT, I know they help keep the site free, so I just ignore them. Ugh, people!

Have a great weekend darling!

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CARLA-216 5/13/2011 8:16AM

    I've never read a blog here that I would deem inappropriate or offensive. I read YOOVIE's blogs and loved them. Her candor was much appreciated and very motivational. I cannot wrap my brain around how miserable a person (or people) must be to sit on their hiney all day and report YOOVIE for her blogs. What a power trip they must be on.

How does one survive in this big bad world if an innocent little blog is so offensive? They need to focus their energies on something that matters. I'm sure there is a good cause right in their own back yard that they could work with to make a difference. But no. They have to get their power fix by reporting a blog as inappropriate. I think this person must have some real issues that need to be dealt with on a professional level if s/he cannot deal with a difference in opinion/perspective.

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GOANOTHERMILE 5/13/2011 8:00AM

    not much to say here other than i agree 10000000000000000000000000000000000
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KIM_POSSIBLE77 5/13/2011 7:48AM

    WOW...you might have to go into more depth next time we are on the phone or just email me what happened. I can tell you one thing this just motivates me to want to read her blogs!
You are correct we are all adults and no one should feel that a blog is something that needs to be reported. Unless there is name dropping why would it offend anyone? Grow the heck up that is what I would say to them. Ugh now I'm upset...think of the person the quit...Spark is for all of us, how can we sit here and push the message of Spark if there are limits set on us? I can only hope that Yoovie has a strong support set in place as maybe this was the one place she could "air out" and if that is lost to her then who's to say she won't gain weight back? That isn't the support that we are to give to our fellow Sparkers!

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    This possible deal/merger....is it with a church? I mean if you go to any newsstand you see that "sex" sells - healthy/fit seems to have the appearance of being sexy. In fact, let me give this example. We ship boxes to the troops overseas and we can't ship pornography and do you know that to the Iraqis most of our magazines ARE considered to be pornography because of these pictures that to us are just the norm? Hmmmm....Seriously....and the people complaining should be spending more time working out in order to be fit and healthy and less time complaining or conversely leave spark if it's so offensive because that one blog is just the tip of the "offensive" iceberg. These pictures are inspirational and the norm. Fitness competitions would be offensive to these people in that case. PLEASE. SparkGuy, don't sell out....

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BARCLE 5/13/2011 3:21AM

    Wow - I am really saddened to read of this. This is terrible. If I don't like a blog, guess what??? I DON'T COMMENT. I ignore. I am a grown up too. Unless it was blatantly offensive (the likes of which just don't seem to ever occur on SparkPeople) I would certainly NEVER consider reporting) I agree, people are entitled to have differences of opinion - that's just a fact of life. I am so saddened that someone felt they just had to keep reporting blogs instead of ignoring or actually standing up to the blogee and saying "hey, I have a problem with this and this is why ...."


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LIOCORO 5/13/2011 3:04AM

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
You are right with your picture of work where the boss tells you "just figure it out", that#s exactly what I thought of. As far as I can tell from the blogs I read from her, nobody was harmed in the process of writing and reading them (maybe except for that little devil). So if you don't like what you read, go ignore the stuff that member puts on. I too have come across some blogs I didn't like, though I too never have seen one I would report for being inappropriate. At first I thought they banned her, too, though reading on her thumbrl blog, I now know better, but I can fully understand why she did it. I'm kinda sad that this had to end like this, since SP has lost one of his most public-present motivators.
I'm with you in these thoughts.

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LHACKING13 5/13/2011 2:41AM

    I did not know Yoovie, but feel it very sad that a site full of adults wanting to receive and give support that this happened. I personally set my blog to private and am very cautious about reporting anyone if at all. Thank you for a well written blog. I truly had no idea this type of stuff was happening on here.

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KIMBERTA99 5/13/2011 1:52AM

    You blog is excellent!! I thought we were on this site for support and to reach our goals!! I agree, what one person finds offensive might not be to another. Why continue to follow those blogs!! Maybe we all need to set our blogs to private!!! I love the pics by the way..it is those that keep me motivated. They have those photos in all the magazines...so why not on this site!! I am sorry to hear that your friend got bullied and decided to leave. How truley sad!!

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Freedom of speech-NOT allowed on Sparkpeople!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

This blog was written by KEEPGOING87 regarding the bullying one of our favorite team members had to endure before finally leaving Spark. This is truly a sad day in Spark History. Social Networking should be fun and today, well, it's not. Thank you for letting me repost this. Anyone who knew of Yoovie or have read her blogs know that she was one of a kind firecracker that doesn't deserve this.

Is not particularly allowed on this website. I cannot believe people are so rude. You dont like people's blogs? DONT FUCK!ING READ THEM.
I love sex
I love dressing slutty
I like cussing
I like being me


Man I am SOOOO dissapointed in how spark handled this issue.

All I know is Yoovie IS AMAZING, inspirational, funny, real, truthful, down to earth and amazing.

I started my journey few weeks after she started hers and we have been spark soul sisters ever since. She picks me up when im down and want to quit. Shes there to crack me up when my day gets tough and shes a real supportive friend. I am very saddened and upset right now.

And apparently some people cant stand that. Shame on whoever kept reporting her. But dont you worry at least tumbler ALLOWS freedom of SPEECH and thoughts. We will all be joining yoovie there :)

Here is the link to Yoovies blog!

PS. Yoovie didnt get kicked out from Sparkpeople. She chose to leave. I still blame the jealous haters.
Hope to see you all there!

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MARTHA503 5/23/2011 9:08AM

    I'm saddened by the erosion of constitutional rights. This is not an exageration. I became an American citizen decades ago, have lived here for 45 years and strongly believe that our constitutional rights have been eroding for years. To see this happen on SP is incomprehensible. I think the sensorship bound ought to have their own team to commiserate amongst themselves and leave well enough alone for the rest of us.

I'm so sorry you lost your SP friend; what a loss to her readers!

The reason I will celebrate 35yrs of marriage this December 19th is because I love all the F@#%*ing stuff the blogger loves doing. I would also add that I am on occasion my husband's B***ch; I was raised very conservatively but with the knowledge that death is part of life, sex is as necessary as oxygen and is food for the soul.

Some people set themselves as judge and jury to the detriment of others. Too bad your friend chose to leave, I would have stayed, and would have fought for my freedom of speech. Doesn't sound like the blogs were disgusting just plain spoken and there's nothing wrong with that.

Censors must consider themselves saints amongst the rest of us! Amazing bull sh*t; O gosh, I should have said horse feathers or bull pucky!

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CAMROLA 5/13/2011 8:07PM

    Didn't know or read her blogs but am fully behind the sentiment. I don't read political blogs that aren't of my ilk or tune in to hatemongers on TV, but I haven't asked my cable company to ban them or focused my energy on their demise. Too many other things to which I can dedicate my energy, like improving the quality of my life and that of those around me.

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ELLEYKAT 5/13/2011 11:07AM

    Thanks for posting the link to her tumbler!

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NOILEDNWAD 5/13/2011 12:31AM

    That is such a shame! Too bad a few rotten apples have to cause so much trouble. I guess free speech is only protected if you agree with the majority. I'm very disappointed in SP for even asking someone to sensor their blog. emoticon

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TRIGFROST 5/12/2011 10:03PM

    Sorry to hear about a fellow "Sparkler"...

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MELLYBEANS0919 5/12/2011 9:44PM

    I am so upset that people ran her off SparkPeople. How horrible. I agree with your blog 100%. I miss her blogs a lot. When do grown ups tattle? It's pathetic. And tattle on what? Speaking your mind? If you hate her or her blogs, stop going to her page!

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ENDUROVET 5/12/2011 9:08PM

    Damn she was one of my SparkFriends too - a great motivator!

Thanks for the link,


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PEGTIGER 5/12/2011 7:57PM

    Sorry you lost a Spark friend. I never knew her or read her blog. I hope she continues with her journey somewhere.

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HOPEFULHIPPO 5/12/2011 6:49PM

    Agreed. I would joke with her about how she was writing my mirror image thoughts...and what wasn't similar was enjoyed living vicariously through her blogs. Shame that the haters were upset about the awesome motivational pics she would post. I can't tell you how many of those pics are on my desktop and motivational wall!!! Crazy... Sparkguy doesn't even KNOW what a gem he's lost. Probably doesn't care...all about the money now.

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THROOPER62 5/12/2011 6:42PM

    I hop she comes back. I loved her blogs. Some of her blogs could have been describing me.

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a quick mope

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.

Sad times!

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.

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KEELADEE 5/12/2011 6:59PM

  Yeah I have been dealing with this for the last few weeks. Absolutely the best thing for my day is if I get up and do a morning swim, 5:30-7:00. But I'm so far in sleep debt, I just can't. I decided to do the noon swim, even if it means losing an hour of work time. Now I'm trying to get up at 7 or so to work for the hour that I lose by swimming. I decided to commit to swimming and let stuff organize itself around that. But it's only been a week so it's not like this is a pattern or anything. Let's see if it sticks.

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HOPEFULHIPPO 5/12/2011 4:23PM

    aw thanks gals...I think I was just entirely toooo mopey that day.

I know it will get better once finals are over too. I think I am just trying to do too much in the day and I feel guilty because I WANT working out to be one of them...and it gets shoved to the back burner.

Story of our lives, right?

Spark on!!

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ELLEYKAT 5/12/2011 10:44AM

    Stop trying to wake up so early. If you can't do it, you just set yourself down this guilt-failure cycle and sabotage yourself. Set yourself smaller, more attainable goals to get you into an upward spiral. Try to get up maybe 15 minutes early and get a 10-minute Spark exercise video in. Once you've managed that consistently for a few weeks, move it to 15 minutes earlier than that and get in a 20-25 minute workout. If you work your way up to waking up early to exercise, your body's circadian rythym can adapt to the new schedule more organically, and you WILL SUCCEED!!

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ENDUROVET 5/12/2011 7:34AM

    You won't catch me up that early either... even if I'm having a bad night (although I did make an exception a couple of nights ago due to family tragedy, I TRIED to use that time to do a few household chores).

5:45 (my current alarm clock setting) is plenty early for me, who has been converted to a reluctant Morning Person by FORCE (not by choice) since Son started school...

I'm a lunch-hr exerciser, which works out pretty well for me if I find time to grab a snack (preferably a HEALTHY one) before I go. Most days it works, some days it doesn't & I avoid getting too down on myself when it doesn't...

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NOILEDNWAD 5/11/2011 10:51PM

    Awww, sorry you had a mopey day. I used to get up at 5:00 to exercise but no more of that for me! I just fit it into my day whenever I can. I try to get my challenges, the 10 minute videos, crunches, push-ups, that stuff out of the way right away in the morning, even before breakfast! Then I just have to squeeze in some cardio. Maybe you'd be happier getting some extra sleep in the morning and working out at lunch or after work? You'll figure it out. Spark on Sister Daisy!

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MUEHLBBO 5/11/2011 10:03PM

    I wouldn't be able to get up that early either. Can you work in a couple of short walks during the day between classes, etc.? Anything is better than nothing and something is a great start.

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NELLIEC 5/11/2011 6:59PM

    Well, I certainly don't get up at 4 to exercise. What I do is to fit more activity into the day. A little while ago, even though it was raining, I went out and quickly planted a little plant that was in danger of dying if it wasn't planted outside soon. Other days I take the stairs instead of something easier. When I have been sitting a while, I deliberately get up and find something active to do for about 10 minutes or so. Those bits and pieces add up to better fitness. Then you feel better about yourself and aren't so tempted to overeat.

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remembering not to forget..or forgetting not to remember?

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.......

emoticon and I'm so happy today!

emoticonand the sun is shining!!

Time to go burn 1360 calories for the week :o) (or more...yeah, MORE!!)

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*Kindergarten Cop w/Arnie Schwartzenegger

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AMYMOHIO 5/12/2011 7:40PM

    Oh yeah, great info to have! Off to do that now!

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GOANOTHERMILE 5/11/2011 4:11PM

    enjoy the experience, i won't be making this one but i sure will make the 2012 b2b , i can hardly wait. when you finish i sure hope that you share all the wonderful details, i'd looooooooove to hear about it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 5/11/2011 8:16AM

    I love you! You are the best! I got my spark calandar and so far the only one I've used is the one at my desk at work. The other one is sitting next to me at home so I understand about the stickers. I think that you can make it, with the weight and Bay to Breakers. I can't wait to hear that you made it past the finish line!

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SCOTMAMA 5/10/2011 11:13AM

    I like the way you write, had me smiling and intrigued to see what was coming next!

I didn't know about the thing on our Start Page either -- so now I'm going to check that out. Thanks!

Keep up the good work -- you'll make it.

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ENDUROVET 5/3/2011 9:01PM

    Yep there's all kind of features on Spark which I fail to take advantage of...

Seems like all I had to do was set MY 5% challenge to gain 4 lbs!?!? (I blame the Easter bunny)

Nothing else to do but buckle down & get back to it...

Hang in there friend!

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YOURJONES 5/2/2011 2:02PM


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HERCULEA 5/1/2011 2:20PM

    I like your strategies! And yes, I think it can be easy to forget a workout when you get busy with daily life. For me, water and workout first thing in the morning is my sure-fire way of making sure I stay on track. Good luck with everything you have going on. You're going to be a very busy girl. I'm excited about your first race. I will be watching for an update! Go enjoy some more sun for all of us folks up here in the northwest. emoticon

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I did it! well, sorta...

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!!

Sort of.

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 emoticon

It's Friday!!! emoticon

I have my brother and friends coming over for Easter dinner!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

and I feel like singing!! emoticon

see you tomorrow!! emoticon


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WHATAGRL42 4/30/2011 1:46AM

    You GO girl!! I am a coffeeholic too, btw.
I've been "allowing" my hubby to be my trainer these last few weeks. He has some book called, "Your body is your Gym" or something like that... all about using your body weight to strength-train. He had me do a lower body workout the other day that seemed "easy" and kind of a waste of time. Today, I can barely walk!! I guess I'm more out of shape than I thought!

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SCOTMAMA 4/29/2011 1:18AM

    You're on the right track! Keep it up!

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TRIGFROST 4/24/2011 9:25PM

    emoticon... What was the name of that Tune!!!!!!

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HERCULEA 4/23/2011 10:57PM

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AUNTIE65 4/22/2011 6:41PM

    Congrat's! It sounds like you did it to me!

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MARTHAWILL 4/22/2011 2:19PM

    Good for you. You did the max you could and sounds like you did a great job at the workout.
Sounds like a great day ahead. Have fun!

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SUPERMAMA82 4/22/2011 1:03PM

    emoticon Keep it up! You CAN do it! I never pushed myself enough while I did the slim in 6 program - never got to burn it up. But, I had all the excuses and knee issues that I didn't want to work through. After reading your blog, I'm thinking I should give it another try. emoticon

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YOURJONES 4/22/2011 12:33PM

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