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The Hunchback Dame of Lincoln

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

First off I've been pondering a name change. I'm thinking of going back to Blind Batty. Must ponder that some more. I'll get back to you on that one.

Tom had some shopping to do this weekend for a BBQ wedding gig he has. I, trying to impress him, began lifting around 50 pounds or more of frozen chicken out of the back seat of my little bug. That sorta twinged my back. I should've taken that as a warning. Smart people might have....but, no. In the house I empty the fridge out and he hands me a PACK of chicken. One measly tiny 4 lb pack and I put it in the fridge. Really...that was it.


Down on the ground I went and Tom immediately knew something was wrong. (Are you okay?) Now, I don't cry unless it's a doozer and I wasn't about to cry now so I went to tell him I was fine when "uh-hhhoooooooo" stuttered out of my mouth. He went to move me to the couch, but I "uh-hhhoooooo"d him trying to say "I can't move"...

so, I didn't do my workout that day.....That was Friday, AND I never cried so it clearly wasn't that bad.....

Saturday: It took me 20 minutes to get out of bed and another 30 to get down the stairs. My weight came in at 185.6 which I attributed to a cycle building up and my daughter attributes it to "all the water is just like, RUSHING to your back making you gain..." Uh huh. THAT makes sense.


Tom was already cooking and smoking away meats for his wedding gig, therefore the coffee was already made. He was lining the coolers and I stepped back to get out of the way when SINGEZAP. I looked down at my arm and the smoker/grill to which it was touching. Tom looked at me with a "really?!" look...yeah, really.

Then I went to say something and as I talk with my hands placed them smack dab on his cigarette. (I'd facepalm, but it hurts) He had me sit in a corner for a while to keep me safe.


Sunday: I walked around that day hunched over with a burn on my arm and hand. Doesn't this give a niceimagery?? Just call me the Hunchback Dame of Lincoln. We took the girls shopping for summer clothing (although it's still chilly here in Cali) I didn't buy anything. I just can't yet...ugh. Tom said something about my weight in the store (well, you sorta look good in this but you may just need a few more pounds) so he clearly tried to be nice and I appreciate that. With that I said "well, I left obese to overweight?" and we laughed at the thought of celebrating overweight.

Monday: Tom was feeling uuubber productive and repainted the family room, kitchen and dining room. I know his excessive energy comes from not being allowed to drink alcohol anymore which is good! We live in a rental and debated on buying here in Cali. But after discussing it we decided the girls really like this neighborhood and it makes no sense to try and buy when we just want to move after the little one graduates anyhow. He's thinking the Bahamas. As there are no poisonous snakes, I'm agreeing. I still would like to check the place out in the next couple of years. OOOH Goal weight reason!! (like I didn't have enough already)


Now it's Tuesday and I can walk better. My back still spasms but at a weigh in of 186.8 I really really know I need to get this body moving!! or something...I can't sabbatoge what I've been trying to accomplish just cuz of a few minor boo boos. I mean, JUST because the Universe is clearly pissed off at me this weekend doesn't mean I should give up, right? Right? anyone??


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NELLIEC 6/1/2011 12:37AM

    OUCH! I hope you feel much better soon!

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PEGTIGER 5/31/2011 9:03PM

    Glad your back is beginning to feel better. You had a rough weekend! I think obese to overweight is worth celebrating. Great job!

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LAURIE9404 5/31/2011 9:01PM

    What a weekend! Nothing boring about whats going on with you! Glad to hear things are starting to feel better and it can only get better from here! Keep up the good work (just carefully)!

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KIMBERTA99 5/31/2011 6:53PM

    I hope your back is feeling better soon!! I agree, try some slow exercise like walking!! Now that you are just overweight maybe a more positive name is in order! emoticon

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MUEHLBBO 5/31/2011 6:40PM

    I have empathy on the back situation. I battle it off and on. I really feel bad that you had such a tramatic day though. I'm glad you are safe. Celebrate that overweight. I can't wait until I can do just that. Keep up the good work.

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ELLEYKAT 5/31/2011 5:24PM

    Holy accident prone, Batman! You should be more careful, haha! Maybe try to find some exercises to do that won't put strain on your back... Got a swimming pool handy? =)

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LYNNA7499 5/31/2011 1:20PM

  Hope your back feels better soon!

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AMYMOHIO 5/31/2011 1:08PM

    I think it's awesome to celebrate "overweight" and not "obese"!

I also think a name change would be really good... I always get kinda sad thinking you call yourself a hippo.


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KIM_POSSIBLE77 5/31/2011 1:04PM

    Sweetie get your behind up and move around. Even if it is to slowly walk up and down your stairs. Start off slow and build it back up. You will get there! I think that you two should move down there...that is still closer to me than CA and a dang good reason to see you ALL the time!!

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ATINYDANCER 5/31/2011 12:54PM

    You can do it! emoticon

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Remember yesterday's blog?

Monday, May 23, 2011

I got out of bed this morning, went pee and climbed on up on my scale. I was pretty happy with myself yesterday stripping and hitting the 185 mark. So imagine my internal surprise when the scale belted out loud "your weight is 184.5 pounds"





doing the happy dance in my living room....cuz I'm at 184.5.

Now mind you this is still an overweight number..but 1) it's no longer "obese" and 2) it's 184.5.


Oh Oh Oh! I don't remember if I share my race thingie...
I don't think I did!

Here is the link to me finishing the race. I'm the big large woman in a white shirt with bright red hair running with a little girl (well, teenage..also in a white shirt and long hair) You see us towards the end of the video and it's actually pretty easy to spot us cuz we almost cross the line pretty exclusively.


I absolutely loved doing this as a first race and I couldn't be MORE elated that I got to do it with two of my daughters and Zack (my oldest daughters friend) there must be an easier way to say that. LOL

My "stats" if you will go something like this. Don't ask me what "Masters" mean cuz I don't know. I know "Hayes Hill" is this awesome freaking bootie hill (I call anything that you have to use your tush to walk with a bootie hill)

Overall: 30,209th of 43,414
Female: 15,482th of 23,857
40-49 F 3,811 out of 5,353
Masters 6,669 out of 11,283

Start 8:04:07.7AM
Hayes Hill 8:56:25.72AM 00:52:19 00:19:27 01:56:25 00:43:17
Finish 10:21:24.2AM 02:17:17 00:18:25 03:21:24 00:27:01

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Doesn't that look all "official" like? LOL

Let us see. I think that's it folks. Everything seems to be in order. I did my race so motivated to actually start running again. Yoovie's back and I'm also on Tumbler. My friend Kim is moving bricks. Oldest and I out of school. My middle one having a promotion to high school next week Youngest busy with cheer.
so, everything seems to be in order for today... and oh yea

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ENDUROVET 5/25/2011 2:58PM

    Congratulations (race & weight)! The video was great; what was w/all the costumes?!?
I couldn't resist the allure of that big empty TM belt yesterday, so my foot's a little sore today - I gave myself a day off but am looking forward to at least getting back to where I started from (baby steps, right?).

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LAURIE9404 5/24/2011 9:10PM

    Gotta love that Happy Dance! It's so well deserved!

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PEGTIGER 5/24/2011 9:01PM

    Congrats on the 184.5 and the race. You have done an awesome job!! What an inspiration.

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TWNOMWE 5/24/2011 3:50PM

    emoticon emoticon You did it.

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HOPEFULHIPPO 5/24/2011 10:10AM

    aw shucks, thanks everyone!


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    I know how you feel about being over weight. Congratulations!!!! Last week I became over weight to. emoticon

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 5/24/2011 8:02AM

    Yes I'm am moving the bricks...LOL Girl you should see my arms! I swear I will have them toned arms by the time I'm done!! I'm looking up a 5k to walk this fall...going to try and talk Terry and Sam into doing it with me.

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ATINYDANCER 5/24/2011 1:06AM

    YAY! So Amazing I love it! So inspiring! Congratulations! emoticon

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NOILEDNWAD 5/23/2011 10:41PM

    I hope this isn't a double post. lol But anyway . . . Awesome! Your excitement put a smile on my face! emoticon Love that you could run with your kids, what a great way to show them what's important in life can also be fun! emoticon

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NOILEDNWAD 5/23/2011 10:39PM

    Awesome!! I love your excitement, it made me smile!

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DRJJ2004 5/23/2011 9:06PM

    Way to go!!! That's awesome!!!

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ELLEYKAT 5/23/2011 2:10PM

    WOW WOW WOW! Way to go on 184.5!!! I'M SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!!

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KIMBERTA99 5/23/2011 2:08PM

    Congrats..you are overweight!!! emoticon

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LADYINOHIO 5/23/2011 1:11PM

Yayyyyy! 184.5!!
That's awesome, and good job on the race too!
Keeping busy, and kickin' ass!
way to be, girl~
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ADVENTURE-GIRL 5/23/2011 12:29PM

    Woohoo on OVERWEIGHT! Congrats!

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BAKER1009 5/23/2011 12:08PM

    Congrats on doing the race...that's awesome! Go you!
And you do that happy dance all day long girl!! Way to go! Keep up the great work! I know exactly what you mean by crossing the line from obese to overweight. I recently did that and it sure does feel great, doesn't it?! Again, go you!!

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KEELADEE 5/23/2011 11:46AM

  Yes!!!! Good on ya! Congrats on your race and on passing a major hurdle! I am loving following your posts... Keep up the good work. emoticon

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Now is the time.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

I knew when I got up this morning and stepped on the scale at 186.4 that things were once again looking up for me. It seems every time I got close to this weight I would sabotage my efforts and quickly put myself back up to 195ish..

I don't know why but this time feels different. I thought about the last time I saw 185..It was well over two years ago. I quit smoking at 165 pounds and I thought I was too big then. I never even saw the 170s...just one day I couldn't wear my clothes and when I got on the scale to see why I was in the high 180s creeping up past the 190s. I can't even say it was like devastating. I just don't think I cared enough to stop it let alone reverse it.

So this morning at 186.4 I thought how good it would feel to see the 185. So I went pee and I stripped to my birthday suit and got back on...185.7.


I'm not counting it on my tracker just yet as when my weight fluctuates it does it BIG TIME. However, I think I can really look in the mirror and say "I'm doing this and I'm not going to sabotage it."

I will not sabotage my own efforts!

My first reward is a tattoo on my ankle. I'm nervous and excited about it. It's a small one, but I think it's one I will like :o) just six more pounds to claim it!!

I don't know why it's taking so long to find my own inner peace. I really think that's what it is holding me back. But, I just hope that I remember that I am doing this for me. I am for once, doing this for me.


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HERCULEA 5/25/2011 10:21PM

    Congatulations! I have confidence that you can do it. You have come so far and are doing so well. There's no turning back.

Btw - I don't get on the scale very often but I ALWAYS weigh myself in the buff first thing in the morning. I refuse to do it any other way (except after a really good sweat session on the treadmill - that works wonders to move the needle).

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ATINYDANCER 5/24/2011 1:09AM

    I love that you are doing it for you! I don't think we can do it for anyone else. I am doing it for me this time too. Here's to going all the way and never looking back! You go girl! emoticon

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ELLEYKAT 5/23/2011 10:52AM

    That's so great!! You're really going to do it this time, and earn that tattoo!! You CAN DO IT!

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ELEGANTFLOWERS 5/23/2011 10:39AM

    Congratulations on hitting 185. Had to laugh at you stripping of your cloth and going pee. I do the same thing when I'm getting close to a lower weight. In fact I did this same thing today when I woke up. I was all excited when my weight was lower than it has been in years. I'm sure your new tattoo is just around the corner. You can do this!! I can't weight to hear about your new tattoo. emoticon emoticon

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BAKER1009 5/23/2011 8:40AM

    Sounds like you woke up with a clear head! I love when that happens!
I'm with you on the self sabotage. I think we all do it at times. You can do this!!

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TRIGFROST 5/23/2011 4:09AM

    I am w/ you...fighting the battle of the Bugle...but no tattoo for me...

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DOLPHINKARIN 5/22/2011 11:55PM

    You can do this!!!! I find myself in that same battle that number that is so elusive ... so close but not quite attainable. Well ... no more for both of us. We will blast past that wall. Looking forward to your blog about your 179 weigh in. emoticon

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NOILEDNWAD 5/22/2011 11:34PM

    This time, you are definitely doing it!! We are with you all the way!! Imho, there's nothing wrong with weighing yourself first thing in the morning after using the facilities and before eating. The goal is to get your most accurate weight. I think most of us do it that way.

You keep on remembering that you are doing it for you! Your health is the most important thing!! Rock on Sister Daisy!!

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NELLIEC 5/22/2011 9:29PM

    I will have to admit that I tend to weigh after going to the bathroom in the morning. I figure after that, since I will have breakfast, etc. the weight will creep up during the day. emoticon emoticon

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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

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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

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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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