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Tuesday, January 17, 2012


They heard our complaints and removed the option to share with Facebook:

I love that they really care about making this a site we are comfortable with--and it didn't take them a year to make changes!

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BRAVERUDE 1/18/2012 6:16PM

    No, they didn't... The article says they did, but the button is still there and we can share the blogs on social networking sites as well as email, with just a push of that button... (I tested it!).

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SPARKLE1908 1/18/2012 9:54AM

    I haven't had any issue with food being automatically added to my food tracker...I'll look into that one a little deeper but I am glad they took the FB thing off...good deal!

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VETTRANGER 1/18/2012 12:56AM

    Interesting. Normally these sites get in love with Facebook and there is no going back! lol

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JOURNEY2DESTINY 1/17/2012 10:51PM

    THANK YA JESUS and you to J! Im really worried about trackers like that myself. You really have to be careful. I talk to my students about being more careful with their facebook pages because it will comeback to bite them in the yoo hoo later on. Saw how business are searching FB pages before hiring. Its a different age....

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SONYALATRECE 1/17/2012 10:44PM

    Totally appreciative of the adjustment!

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ZUMBAGIRL6 1/17/2012 5:19PM

  YEA!!! I didn't want to see any of my posts on Facebook either!!

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TERESA159 1/17/2012 2:47PM

    Ads that add food to our trackers? That's a new one on me, going to keep my eyes peeled for that one. But yes, Spark did react correctly to the amazing backlash they received for that stupid idea. Just because it's a "social" world full of "sharing" doesn't mean there are no boundaries to what and where we want to share. I am glad they saw the light.

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HEALTHYBARB1 1/17/2012 11:08AM

So thankful for this decision!!!

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/17/2012 9:38AM

    Yes, they are good people. For sure.

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REBECCAMA 1/17/2012 9:37AM

  Wow. I actually didn't mind it being on there, but it's cool they listened. I hope they listen about the ads that automatically add food to our trackers too.

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Good advice for you -- good advice for me

Monday, January 16, 2012

If you don't make a habit of reading the Daily Spark blogs, you may have missed today's first one "6 Healthy Habits to Start This Year." It's good advice that maybe we all know already, but need steady, regular reminders of to keep us on the right track. I see blogs of Sparkers that complain about eating within their range, but still not seeing weight loss. This article reminds us of ALL the things we need to do and why:

In addition to the points of this article, I'd like some advice from you on how to stay at the weight I am now. All the weeks I couldn't lose a pound made me think I at least knew how to maintain--but I wasn't at goal weight, so that was just a plateau.

If you know a few tricks to maintenance, please pass them on to me. I'm going to continue to track my meals and exercise, but I'm sure hoping to be able to exercise a bit less, and I'll just go on and confess, I already had some German chocolate cake yesterday. I'm just afraid of putting all the weight back on before I know it. Don't laugh--I've done it before!

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NINJA-NED 1/17/2012 9:17AM

    i missed that article yesterday - thanks for pointing it out.

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VETTRANGER 1/16/2012 11:32PM

    Well, as you know Jazze, I wrote just about this same blog recently. My wife is now mentioning frequently that I need to stop losing weight. I've put some thought into it since, and I think I need to just eat larger portions of the things I've been eating. I don't want to add calories by just adding empty calories though.

I used a calorie calculators (again as mentioned) and came up with 1900 calories per day via two methods, and 2100 via another. I'm a little leery about going to either of those levels in the short term at least.

Having been averaging 1325 calories per day while I've lost, I'm thinking of adding 250 to 300 calories per day and monitor that for a while. I'll tell you though, after maintaining this 1325 level for so long, it feels very strange to be considering eating 1600 per day! LOL

One thing I believe I need to do is make sure I hit the weight bench three times a week. If I DO continue to lose slowly at the 1600 level, I don't want it to come from muscle mass.

So essentially, my strategy is going to be to increase my calories slowly and pay close attention to what is happening. At this time I can't see any circumstance under which I think it is wise to stop counting them daily.

(This wound up being long enough I'm going to take it back to my page and let it do double duty for today's blog! LOL)

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BRAVERUDE 1/16/2012 9:37PM

    We have to get comfortable with guessing at the quantity and calorie content of what we eat...if not, we'll be measuring and tracking for a long time to come! I'm with you...

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/16/2012 6:01PM

    You probably don't want to hear that everything I've read says we need to exercise as much or more in maintenance. Oops! But we can eat a little more.

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SONYALATRECE 1/16/2012 5:22PM

    I think what has worked for me was tracking every meal in a day for at least 3 days a week, drinking sufficient water, and exercising for 4-5 days per week.
Cardio and strength training must be included.

Maintenance can be challenging at times, especially with moist, delicious German chocolate cake...he he he!

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BBONET 1/16/2012 4:49PM

    Hope it was delicious!! I hear what you are saying and I did read the article.. I am trying real hard to do all the right things and just continue!! You have done so well that if you gain a pound you will get rid of it real quick.

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Do you know about the Facebook link?

Sunday, January 15, 2012

There has been a lot of buzz on several blogs I have seen recently about the new "Like" button tied to Facebook, so maybe you've been apprised and have made your decision about how to handle it. I adjusted my options on my Spark page. Just in case you don't know about this, here's a copy of a note sent to the members of our Winter 5% challenge:

It's important that you know there has been a change in Spark People. Please read MICHIGANLORI's blog.

Not happy with Facebook 'Like' button showing up on blog post!

MICHIGANLORI thanks for letting us know! I really appreciate it. I do not want to share my weight issues, etc. with Facebook!!!!


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MISSFORTE 1/16/2012 12:31PM

    I don't want FAcebook or any public media "checking up on me"

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/16/2012 12:27PM

    I disabled it immediately. I confess to having a split personality disorder in that the two worlds focus on differing elements of my life.

The reality is, if ever these two worlds would merge, I might actually find that I have achieved “balance” in my life. Definitely something I might strive for once I maintain my weight, but not while we currently showcase our foibles along the way -- Most of my FB community would care less about this aspect of living life. People who have never had a weight problem would probably just write me off as dysfunctional. And yes, they would be a little bit right! (smile, smile)

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ISMILETOO 1/16/2012 12:54AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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X5X52000 1/15/2012 11:14PM

    Can't stand it!!! Don't want facebook people knowing about my weight issues!!!

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VETTRANGER 1/15/2012 7:01PM

    I've never even been on Facebook and don't plan to be. What gets me are so many web sites that tie their participation to Facebook. If you don't choose to join Facebook you can't participate on those sites either. Hopefully SP won't continue down this raod until it gets to that point!

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SONYALATRECE 1/15/2012 6:27PM

    Same info spread on the Teachers Learning to Lose team.
I just changed my page, too.
Will have to post in our sorority teams.

BTW....Happy Founders Day!!!

Pinkies up!!!!

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HEALTHYBARB1 1/15/2012 4:35PM

    Thanks for passing this on to more sparkers!!! I posted it in my blog too! Barb

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PEPPERCHILD 1/15/2012 12:38PM

    Yep - just unchecked the share box and left a post on the SP page

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GLORYANDME 1/15/2012 12:19PM

    I'm so glad several people have blogged about this because I was unaware. First thing I did was turn off that application. My weight loss journey is both private and personal to me and I am the one who gets to choose who I share it with! "SP" should know better.

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KKFRENCHY 1/15/2012 5:49AM

    Hey, thanks for this. I agree with not wanting my facebook world in on all my weight issues.

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CHANGING-TURTLE 1/15/2012 2:16AM

    I had my spark people page linked to facebook and a person who hates me started sending me and my spark friends hate mail. Need i say I unlinked facebook

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A Real Challenge This Time

Saturday, January 14, 2012

I know I've seen losing weight as a challenge: I've seen exercising most days of the week a challenge; drinking 8 glasses of water is a challenge I still have not conquered. But now I've been given a real challenge.

The Winter 5% Challenge now requires us to blog every day. Why is that a challenge? I never write unless I have something to say. I don't have something to say every day.

But today I do. Since I complained last week about the evil scale elves that stole my pound-loss last week, I must report that they liked me again today and gave it back, plus one. This is only the second time since I began sparking that I have lost 2 lbs. in one week. I'm smiling today as I shovel snow because I'm now 1 lb under my original goal set in August.

And tomorrow you'll understand when you're reading motivational sayings or some such thing as my blog. Believe me, I won't feel slighted if you don't feel moved to leave comments. emoticon

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COLUMBINE2 1/14/2012 9:55PM

    Hooray for your latest challenge! You have to do the work & I'm one of many beneficiaries! I'm looking forward to your daily blogs! I may not comment, but I always benefit from anything that comes from your brain cells to my eyeballs and heart!

Congrats on showing those pitchfork-toting, lost-pound-stealing elves who is Boss around your house! You have accomplished so much!!

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BBONET 1/14/2012 9:19PM

    Congratulation on your weight loss!! Have fun with the snow!!! emoticon

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BRAVERUDE 1/14/2012 7:12PM

    Seriously AWESOME!! BUT...what was that about snow...?? I vaguely remember that stuff...

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NEWMAC2011 1/14/2012 5:30PM

    That's awesome! I'm up again LOL but not worrying (hope it's due to my ST).

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ZUMBAGIRL6 1/14/2012 5:06PM

  Great! Way to go!! emoticon

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1TRESCHICAKA 1/14/2012 3:06PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

I know you are emoticon *WIPED!* from shoveling icky snow! Great pay off though-- GO YOU!

(*Suggestion for your next blog??:
*With less salads/fruit; light fare & more hearty sodium filled comfort foods soup, bread, etc. because it is cold outside!
*What are good healthy comfort foods
*What are FUN indoor exercises--Salsa Class/ Zumba or a "fun" treadmill

*Remember in Biggest Loser Challenge, we report each Monday weight loss/ weight gain till May = Winner got to buy their favorite pair of jeans!
I need help to stay on track *UGH* not a fan of Winter, but I am a fan of you! :0)

Comment edited on: 1/14/2012 3:17:19 PM

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IAFARMERWIFE 1/14/2012 2:42PM

    emoticonYou are doing a super job~ emoticon

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SONYALATRECE 1/14/2012 2:05PM

    Not comment!
You really have accomplished a great feat!
Now let's high five the elves... emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/14/2012 1:36PM

    Yippee! For me, I visualize eight (8) sticks of butter on a plate . . . that's what you lost. WooHoo! It's amazing to learn what's on the minds of our 5% team. This may simply move you to new heights -- even if only a brief motivational word or graphic. You may have just found your theme for the week. (smiling!)

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THISTIMEMYWAY 1/14/2012 1:21PM

    2 lbs?!! Wow that is great. The elves love you! lol
Seriously, you deserve it! You work hard at it. emoticon emoticon

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ANDIEBM71 1/14/2012 10:45AM

    That is awesome. We have snow but not enough to actually go out and shovel.. Make sure you log that! It is a great calorie burner:) emoticon

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SVELTEWARRIOR 1/14/2012 10:27AM

    Way to go!!!!!

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PEPPERCHILD 1/14/2012 9:50AM

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HEALTHYBARB1 1/14/2012 9:50AM

    Congratulations on 2 pounds in one week!!! Smiles Barb

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STEVEN_D 1/14/2012 9:40AM

    Wow, you are doing great!Sorry, no snow to shovel here, suppose to be in 70's today, but I'll deal.

Keep going, I love success stories.


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It's about more than losing weight

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Largely due to the 5% Challenges and the friendships and comraderie on SP, I'm really enjoying this. I'm not normally a web social network type of person (I have a very neglected Facebook account, and Twitter--I just never saw the point), so when I first joined SP in August, I expected to just use the trackers, profit from the neat exercise videos and generally use the site as a convenient aid. I have done that. But for a while I've known how much more it is to me than that. And today was a prime example.

Today our Winter 5% Challenge had us on the last leg of exercising to get to Cairo, Egypt--yeah, it takes a lot of exercise "miles" to get that far, but as a team we were closing in on it--and we wanted to get there first. I can't help it; I'm competitive--I wanted my team to beat out the others.

When I got up this morning, I was hoping someone had landed us in Cairo, but no, we still had some miles to go--so I started in exercising, then stopped after 30 minutes and posted it, hoping others were doing the same thing. Well, only one other person had posted since I'd last looked, so I started in again determined to go as long as I needed to in order to land that plane in Cairo if no one else did. 40 more minutes was all it took. Elation! What did I win?....well, nothing actually. And I had no idea whether another team had beaten us to Cairo--not really. But I just felt good helping my team to get there. We'd all contributed a lot of exercise minutes to get that far, and if I was the only one with the time free to put some more minutes in this morning, I wanted to do it. It wasn't really about the exercise or losing a lb. It was team spirit--believe me, I am by no means the first one on my team to continue exercising just to bring our plane in-- and well, OK, bragging rights are nice too for our team (but only for a minute--cause it really isn't entirely about that either) if we actually did get in first.


I can't explain it. Just join the next 5% challenge--you'll see. Who says we can't have fun while we do this!

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BEATLETOT 1/13/2012 7:13PM

    So jealous of the Teddies having you!!! The 5% Challenge is so fun!

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    You just keep challenging yourself my dear because it is working. Bravo for making it across that challenge and for you pushing them over the wall! You are awesome and I beg to differ, I believe you did win something..esteem my dear!



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TERESA159 1/12/2012 11:52AM

    Thanks for landing our team! U r awesome.

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 1/12/2012 5:44AM

    emoticon Love your emoticon spirit! It's funny how a team approach and challenge can be so motivating! I too have found myself exercising more because I am posting my min publicly for my team to see (I don't want to disappoint, I want us to win) These 5% challenges are such a great way to loose weight and stay motivated. I doubt I would be this close to hitting my goal without them. Thanks again for landing us!

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YIWEN39 1/12/2012 12:34AM

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JAZZEJR 1/12/2012 12:17AM

    Gee, Columbine, I never thought of people having those thoughts because in practice, it's a very supportive environment. Most of us are here at SP because we want to lose weight the healthy way and keep it off, so yes, it's tied to weight-loss. The challenge is to lose 5% of your weight or whatever amount you decide on (we all set goals at the beginning) -- through exercise and other good habits (I didn't mention the other activities called "living the good life" that earn points, those change every week--this week happens to be getting points for finding "Me time" every day; last week it was eating breakfast). We are expected to stay with the effort as much as possible--not start it, and then drop off the face of the earth--like we know can happen; but, of course, life circumstances do cause some people to do this. And some people can't, or don't want to, exercise every day, but I'm betting, if they're like me, being on a team that needs you pushes them to try to stay with their plan.

It's a challenge for all of us, and most of our blogs are complaints about how much difficulty we have staying with it, but then you guys and other members of the 5% team, encourage us to stay with it--and sometimes we get to have our personal team come in first or second or third. I am not the hero for putting in the final minutes to get us to Cairo--every person who exercised 20 minutes added to 7,400 miles we had to travel to get there, and by the way, once we arrive it's not over. We keep logging in our exercise minutes because there's a daily team winner for the cumulative min. of exercise. I know I contribute as many as I can each day, so I'm the hero each day along with the other 100+ members of the team, whether our points put us first, second or last (No, all 100 that joined are not participating regularly, but we assume they're doing what they can), and because those ex. minutes help me grow to become a stronger person. And also while we all have a goal to lose weight, some weeks the scale just does not cooperate--no one is beat up for this. We just keep exercising and tracking--the same as you're doing now, just with more support.

I hope I didn't paint the wrong picture of the object of the challenge by writing about my excitement of our exercising to Cairo. Like I said, the comraderie we develop makes the exercise fun.

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COLUMBINE2 1/11/2012 9:33PM

    Awesome blog..it sounds so motivating to be on a team. But for those who haven't done a challenge...well...it's confusing and seems like a massive undertaking and there's the fear of not being the hero (like you were today!) and being the one who drags the team down.

How does a challenge work? Is it too unwieldy to describe to us wannabees? Are they all based on exercise minutes? Seems like I've seen some based on pounds lost. I would really like to try it....but would like to understand before I sign the dotted line........

Thanks! emoticon

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VETTRANGER 1/11/2012 4:06AM

    When I get a bit more time to exercise I'll have to find out what team you're on and help out with this.

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JUICENUT 1/10/2012 10:21PM

    You will have to tell me about this 5% Challenge; I feel totally in the dark. Sounds like good fun. Taking my mind off the pounds would be nice.

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/10/2012 6:37PM

    Way to go on landing us, and I liked the title of your blog - and loved the blog you shared via SP mail.

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