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IMHO Everybody Needs a SparkPage

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

When you are on Spark, community support is very important. Without support people fall away and don't get back up again (metaphorically speaking) Community support provides motivation and feedback on your goals and how to accomplish them. Hopefully three heads are better than one and between everyone we are wiser as a unit than we are alone. --Which is why I think they start us out in SparkTeams.

So what happens if you get to the SparkTeam Community board and say you need support? The fastest way a person can send you motivation, ask more questions, and help individually beyond the board is by clicking the hyperlink that your name becomes when you have set up a page. From your page people can comment outright at the bottom of the page, on a blog entry, give you SparkGoodies, add you as a friend, or sparkmail you.

While SparkMail is an option if you don't have a page, the person has to navigate to the SparKMail screen and remember how to spell your username, which is a lot more tedious and takes more time.

Plus its friendlier and helps us envisage a little more of the person you are and hope to become. It is a challenge sometimes to come up with content for the page, but it helps explore parts of you you might want to share, dust off, and present. A little creative writing is good for the soul. :)

OK, off soapbox... And if my bestie who has just joined is reading this, no, it is not because of her that I am writing this.. (.. but yes, I would like her to make a page as soon as possible too... lol)

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YMWONG22 1/8/2013 7:04AM

  You have a point there. I've not come round to doing that. emoticon
I put it down to my shyness though. Hahaha .... or self-conscious emoticon emoticon . I've read many of the SP members' blogs and commented on quite a number of them.
I feel that I am changing and opening up more. Hopefully I will be less shy and more self-confident later on.
Thanks for the great blog. emoticon
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HAPPY_FAUNA 1/8/2013 6:49AM

    Completely agree. I actually get a little disappointed when I see someone posting on the message boards and they don't have a page. I want to encourage and befriend them. I don't have to know their real name, but it's nice/easier to at least put a face to the personality.


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Very Little Patience

Monday, August 29, 2011

I have very little patience for blogs. I have to admit I don't know why I'm writing one. Maybe it is the clamoring of the senses to be let out onto the page for a little while, or maybe it is just a desperate attempt to leave some trace, something that says to the outside world "I was here" even if only for a little while.

Elsewhere on SparkPeople I have started a weight loss group for friends, family, and sufferers of schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. I named it Butterfly People because butterflies distract and are often unpredictable in their flight patterns. The person afflicted is like a small child entangled in fantasies that flit and lead who knows where.

Here I was thinking more of a set of metaphors I fashioned after a prompt in a book, It's hard to make a difference when you can't find your keys, by Marilyn Paul.

My life is like fingerpainting. Messy, but colorful, and valued simply because it exists.

My heart is a butterfly, dancing with the colors and motion of Mei (in House of Flying
Daggers), no less skillful and beautiful. My feet move to follow my heart.

I am courageous and able, like the martial artist Shu Lien (the platonic interest of monk Li Mu Bai in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). I am able to face each day, in a practical, graceful manner.



Friday, August 12, 2011

I just finished watching the episodes of Heavy and realized that I really didn't do my trainer justice when I was at Vision Quest that one and only time I went. Trainers push you past where you would know instinctively it was safe and into the realm of "I don't know if I can do this"

I've heard the show explained like this. Biggest Loser's concept was a show made to look and operate like a fat camp, while Heavy is a fat camp made to function like a show. Each person is paired up with another, they have one month on a ranch/spa and then spend the next five months with personal trainers to try and achieve a balance between all the parts of their life, centering around the new healthy lifestyle.

In my own personal weight loss, I'm not looking to lose the same kind of figures each week, but it makes me wish I could join a gym and have a trainer again. Vision Quest had its monthly fees and then included one or two sessions a month. Of course they were also high pressure about upgrading your package to include the personal trainer on a regular basis, but I feel a bit wistful that I didn't make better use when I had the chance. I suppose I should cut myself some slack since I had anemia and didn't know it, but I went through one set of equipment and the eliptical and said uh uh..

If I maintain my goal weight for a year, I will look into getting a membership again. Maybe after that I will have a better idea what I want to do with the various pieces of equipment. I'm always tempted to go and see about the Athletic Club which is a little closer, but I remember all the fees I had to pay with the last membership, so I'm waiting. Heavy is sponsored by Anytime Fitness and it makes me sad that ours went out of business before I started watching this on Netflix. They are out by the Subway I love so much.

Anyway.. just rambling now.. just some things I'm thinking about

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ISTRALOUISE 8/14/2011 11:17PM

    emoticon It is so awesome to hear from you again. It seems like our little group of Life Makeovers fell apart somehow. It is good to know that I have a

emoticon in you. I don't know when I'll get back to the gym, but I know I will return someday. Either to that one or to a different one. But after I've proved to myself that I'm serious enough about the weight loss to actually use it. I went one time, almost passed out, and didn't ever go back. I just kept on paying the membership for six months to a year after that because I didn't want to face everyone there to cancel. Finally I had a financial crisis and I had to go in.

I think now how silly I was. Even if I didn't understand what the trainer was doing, I could have used the treadmill and elipticals until I saw him again.. when I could have asked for instructions on paper. Oh well. Live and learn. Hopefully I'll be better for it, the second time around.

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APPYMORGAN 8/14/2011 10:23AM

    I haven't watched the show Heavy, because I don't often watch tv, but I do have a personal trainer who is the most amazing person to me. She pushes me beyond my comfort zone, she cheers me on and she keeps me going. Over this summer I haven't been to the gym once because of all that has happened but I miss her and know I will be coming back.
thank you for sharing and reminding me that I miss working out with my trainer.
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Day 11-Audience as Accountability Partner

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Day 11 VLog - depends on the viewer whether the mouth is synced up or not. VLC plays correctly. The first viewer we were using didn't. Lighting is better but I am looking into the sun so I'm squinting a bit.

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WONDEROONA 8/11/2011 8:30PM

    I just got my job and it's the first I've had in 9 years. I am a little nervous, too. But, it will get easier, can't get any harder.
Keep up the good work.
I saw that you needed there anything I can do?

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Day One - Audience as Accountability Partner

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Hi, Today is day three of using the audience as an accountability partner. Roughly every 10 days I will be doing another vlog and hope to see great results. Further vlogs should be in better quality as I'm switching from using my webcam, to using either our digital camera or my ipod.

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ISTRALOUISE 8/6/2011 6:44PM

    Data Entry/Telephone most likely.. or a library or school setting

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MRS420 8/6/2011 6:07PM

    Way to go n your 5 lb loss!

What kind of job are you thinking of doing?

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ISTRALOUISE 8/6/2011 10:32AM

    Sorry Folks, I'm not sure why this isn't working right now. I will get help from the customer service help

[EDIT: and now the video is up but isn't playing the entire 3 minutes]

[EDIT2: Yay!! Its working now] emoticon

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