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I've missed my walking...gonna rectify that!

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Walking doesn't burn much calories for the time spent, I've learned, so seems I've been just getting the minimum done to be able to "claim" it on my Spark streaks recently.
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I've opted for swimming and biking for my main calorie-burn, and have been including a good regimen of strength training three times a week. (Sure wish we could count the ST in our exercise minutes...it really gets my heart pumping!).
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...However...it seems my body is just begging for a walk today! Hubs and I are gonna take a picnic dinner to our beachfront park area and then I'm gonna tackle the concrete walkway route...about two miles. So if you'll excuse me, I gotta find my tennis shoes:)
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SNOWANGELDIVA 7/4/2011 10:02PM

    LOVE walking...hope you had a wonderful one!

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DRB13_1 7/4/2011 1:48AM

    Even though it may seem walking doesn't burn "as many" calories for the time spent, I stick with it because I can walk longer and in my target heart rate zone with fewer injuries than running. Some people can walk as fast as others run! So glad you are finding additional fun things for exercise, but don't ever feel walking isn't good for you and your health, it is! emoticon

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SLIMLILA 7/3/2011 12:56AM

    I was in a rural community last week where I didn't really feel comfortable walking, and boy did I miss it. And also I noticed a big difference in my belly, butt, and thighs.. they really got sloppy.. so walking may not burn a lot of calories, but it sure does firm up things..

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MAWDOT35 7/2/2011 9:38PM

    Like the idea of the picnic! Sounds like a nice place to have one.
Happy 4th!

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KSNANA2 7/2/2011 9:20PM

    That sounds like a lot of fun. Hope it was as wonderful as it sounds! emoticon

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RICKEFFEL 7/2/2011 7:57PM

    I like walking too. It's a time to just let your mind go and it energizes me. Well, it helps too if I add some speed to it.
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New emoticon requests?!?

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Have you ever searched through the pages to find an emoticon to help visualize your thoughts, and come up empty-handed? Sometimes I have.
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So I'm wondering, what would you create if the Sparkpeople team asked you to be their new emoticon designer? Here are some ideas of mine:
*"Role Model"
*"I Like This"
*"Hello" (like the "Bye")
*A few more healthy foods
*An exclamation point

For participating in this totally-unscientific survey, all I can think of to say is
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MISSPEACHES3 7/2/2011 10:13AM

    I would like one that expressed sympathy.

Like a "So Sorry"

Something that could say "Sorry" you did not lose weight , to a "Sorry" for your loss of a relative or friend.

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These don't always seem to be enough.

After this mess, Maybe they need a delete my comment button. emoticon

Blesings,
Brenda

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MISSPEACHES3 7/2/2011 10:13AM

    Sorry, my computer froze and posted this 3 times. Won't let me delete the other comments.

Blesings,
Brend
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MISSPEACHES3 7/2/2011 10:12AM

    My computer froze and posted this 3 times.

Blesings,
Brenda

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JUSFOLK 6/27/2011 3:40PM

    Wowee! I see a lot of you are like me in depending on the emoticons to express what the computer font can't quite articulate! Thanks for these excellent ideas! I'll give it another day or two for more responses, and then send our resident Sparkguy (Chris) a message to check them out!
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MARSHASTAR 6/27/2011 12:09PM

    I agree with all the previous comments.
I'd like to see a dollar sign emoticon,
and a better "crying" face, and an "angry" face showing teeth,
and more exercise emoticons,
and , well, just more emoticons in all categories.


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KATHYKIM 6/27/2011 9:35AM

    I like the generic "Special Day" icon suggestion.
Any and all suggestions sound good to me!


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RICKEFFEL 6/27/2011 9:23AM

    I use these emotes all the time and sometimes there's just not one to fit.

All the above suggestions plus a drum roll!

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MMNICKS 6/27/2011 9:23AM

    I agree they should add more. I'd like to see welcome back, an image of a computer, an image of a TV, a WII.

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GRAMLORI 6/27/2011 8:54AM

    I think they should.....oh, at least double the amount!! I agree, often I can't find what really would suit my statements.....and I've been with SP for almost 4 years and haven't seen a change. Many other aspects have changed, so yes I agree---the emoticons need something new!

I like all the suggestions I have read.....I can't think of anything right now.....of course!!

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MISSLISA1973 6/27/2011 7:04AM

    Embarrassed
Jumping up and down excited
High five
"Rock on!"
Yes, a hot air balloon - I had to use a regular balloon instead and it's just not the same
Generic "Special Day" icon
Moving-related stuff (For Sale sign, moving truck, dolly, boxes)

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MRE1956 6/27/2011 6:54AM

    I'd love to see.....

"Good Luck" - and a "razzberry".....

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SUZYMOBILE 6/27/2011 6:48AM

    Every once in a while they have a "call" for new emoticon requests.

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LILANGEL181 6/26/2011 11:32PM

    Something to represent Travel, (planes, trains, auto... whats with the car with the leaf growing out of it?) and more encouraging sayings!!
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~ Laura

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SHARON2014 6/26/2011 11:08PM

    I would like one: "We can do this - together!"

A hot-air balloon.

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Blaming it on the sodium!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

My weight is UP two pounds today!
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Shoulda seen it coming. We ate at the hospital cafeteria yesterday...yeah, you know the place - they serve only super-healthy food there, right? I had a large piece of fried fish that was oh-so good, but also so salty. Did that stop me from devouring every last greasy morsel? NOT! (The three small hush puppies were salty, too!)
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Had some good non-starchy veggies, too, but dunno how they were prepared. We catch a couple of meals like this a week...not indulging until I'm bulging, but consuming more calories than normal.

Anyway, the scale showed the results this a.m. I really expected it, as part of the cause-and-effect plan that's a given in life. I'll be careful to drink plenty of water today, and eat mostly stuff that has low or virtually no sodium.

Sayin' all that to say this...the scale cannot be trusted! It "lies" at times, don't you agree? Obviously, in my waking hours yesterday, I didn't consume the extra 7,000 calories required to gain two pounds. So, I try not to let that early-morning digital dialogue set the tone for my day's attitude. However, I will take note of it, renew my friendship with that box of metal and plastic between my toes (that, although extremely fickle, surely has my best interests at heart), and get back on board with more healthy decisions.
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(Disclaimer: I know many who recommend only weighing once a week. That is a personal choice which has its pros and cons. If I had only weighed weekly and today was the day, it would have been discouraging, so that's why I prefer to keep on top of it daily, just as a point of reference... IMHO, FWIW.)
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KSNANA2 6/27/2011 8:37AM

    Thought that was funny about the 7,000 calories needed to gain the 2 lbs. I weigh daily and don't worry about small fluctuations. They are always there when I eat out. But I never thought about the number of calories to put on actual weight! I will remember this one! emoticon

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KATHYKIM 6/26/2011 9:32AM

    I weigh daily, but record weekly - it helps me see the trend for the week if I weigh daily, then I know if on the "official" weigh day, I should be concerned.

The salt intake definitely will affect the scale short-term. Or long-term in my case when the salt comes from the half of bag of chips and container of dip that I ate yesterday. Yikes.
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RICKEFFEL 6/25/2011 9:01PM

    I completely understand . There is no way you could've eaten THAT much.
I weigh everydaytoo, but only record once a week. Ifit's up, I don't record. In my book the tracker is for losing, not fluctuations.
Don't let it rain on your parade emoticon , It's going to be ok.
PS I tried to fix this, but can't seem to. Sorry.

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PASTORRICK2 6/25/2011 8:45PM

    Sorry

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GGMOM06 6/25/2011 7:41PM

    emoticon ME after to much sodium and it doesn't have to be much. I no longer add it to any foods i cook and not to my plate either( Most of the time) I try not to pick salty foods when out to eat,which isn't often. I have to take 2 water pills a day especially in summer. I wash my canned foods,like tuna and spinach. Why can't they make tuna without salt being the 2nd or 3rd ingred. water,tuna and salt, that's it. I emoticon every day because of edema for yrs. I have to and if it goes up like yours i check what i've been eating,salty. I'm too old to really get emoticonover a water gain. emoticon emoticon

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JANETELIZABETH1 6/25/2011 5:00PM

    I can never understand why places serve food like that...I mean, I really detest the taste of salt and would have sent it back after one mouthful...!!!
I know your weight will settle again...and lessons learnt.
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GRATEFULADY 6/25/2011 4:36PM

    Sodium is definitely a bug-a-boo for me. We eat out a lot and I am sure there is too much sodium in anything I order. I too try to weigh every day. It keeps me on track and more honest. Still only record once a week, but weigh every day. My goal is not as much weight as it is a healthy lifestyle. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MAWDOT35 6/25/2011 11:56AM

    I hate myself when I consume too much sodium! It will really puff you up!! I need to watch it today because tomorrow is weigh in day and I don't think I've lost anything this week. emoticon
Dorothy

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SUZYMOBILE 6/25/2011 11:27AM

    Yes, I understand about the debate over daily vs. montly weighing. I switched to weekly for quite a while, until I realized that I couldn't be trusted! I'd figure, if my weight was up, that it was a weekly fluke. If my weight was down, whoopeeee! Not much better than daily weighing.

That said, I understand about the salt intake. Usually the same thing happens to me, and I had two bloody maries last night, which usually do a job on me but didn't this time, for some reason. You'll be fine! Now all I have to worry about is the curry Bill's planning for dinner. That stuff always puts weight on me, because I love it and because of the coconut milk. I'll have to eat practically none of it this time.

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My first Sparkversary...I've gained, and I'm SO pleased!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Before you think I've lost my marbles, let me share a title of a fellow-Sparker's blog that I just HAD to read a while back: "Overweight and proud of it!" Well, my curiosity took over and I clicked on the page. The woman had moved out of the "obese" category, and had moved into the "overweight" one, and she was celebrating! Her page glowed with enthusiasm as she basked in this victory.
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I had already lost most of the pounds I wanted to shed before finding Sparkpeople. I've hoped to whittle off the last few pounds, but the scale keeps going up and down. However, I've recently started a good regimen of strength training which I've faithfully done three times a week for over a month now. I've heard that can get the scale moving. If it doesn't, I'll get it moving...out the second story window!
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Yes, I'm a gainer here on SP...I've gained knowledge, tools, and most importantly, motivation, inspiration, and genuine caring from the many I can now call friends. Often, someone will say exactly what I need to hear on a particular day, and that is such a blessing! Now even though I've not met you face to face, I'll bet if I could, we'd get along wonderfully as we had a tete-a-tete over a low-calorie snack.
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I'm looking forward to many more years of "gaining" here with you, friends (and helping you keep gaining in this way, too)! Best wishes to you all as you keep making wise decisions and sharing your time, love and Spark with others!
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LINDAJ0621 6/22/2011 11:20PM

    I can totally agree with what you said so eloquently. I also am glad that I have gained you as a SparkFriend!
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MYSTERY4EVER 6/20/2011 5:49PM

    Congrats on your Anniversary and all your gains. I so agree with you. This community is the support I have never had before.

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 6/20/2011 12:44PM

    Happy emoticon sweetie...you deserve the praise for your victories are many!

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SUZYMOBILE 6/20/2011 12:08PM

    Happy Sparkversary!! I'm kind of in the same boat, I think. I'm probably at a fine weight currently, but it concerns me that my weight is 5 pounds heavier than it was a year ago. Right now, I keep bobbing up and down, and can't seem to get back below 120, like I was last year. I guess if I can just keep it under control and not gain TEN pounds, I'll be okay!

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GRAMLORI 6/20/2011 10:11AM

    Happy Sparkversary.........and I'm glad to call you my friend!!!

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KATHYKIM 6/20/2011 9:40AM

    Happy SparkVersary!
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RICKEFFEL 6/20/2011 9:37AM

    This blog says a lot of things that I concur with, (especially the scale out the window!)
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Congratulations, glad you are here.

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BAILEE_GRAVES 6/20/2011 5:41AM

    Wonderful insightful blog! I know you'll continue to succeed!

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JANETELIZABETH1 6/20/2011 3:07AM

    Many emoticonon your emoticonthat is wonderful!!!
I agree that member's spark blogs and indeed their pages are a great motivation to me too!!
Wishing you continued success as you embark on year 2....
Hugs
Janet

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DRB13_1 6/20/2011 12:48AM

    Congrats on gaining the lifestyle that will help you maintain your weight loss emoticon

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EMPTYNESTER60 6/19/2011 10:38PM

    I'm so glad that I've gained you as a SparkFriend emoticon

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LESLIESENIOR 6/19/2011 10:18PM

    Thank you for the inspiring and positive blog. Counting blessings and "gains" is so important. God Bless you.

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Thanks to my Sparkpals who've sent supportive words and prayers!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

On Wednesday, my daughter-in-law called, and said, "Mom, I don't want to upset you, but..." (don't you hate getting calls that begin like that?). My son had woken up after sleeping about 6 hours (he's a meteorologist, and had worked a week of midnight shifts, so it was about 2 p.m.). He was disoriented, his mouth was contorted and he had some other physical issues. He couldn't answer my DIL's questions about what year it was or to name his two daughters. She called 911, and the paramedics came and took him to the ER. To make a long story fairly-short, after a CT scan ruled out a possible stroke and bleeding on the brain, they sent him home with a diagnosis of a possible seizure.

As we (family) pieced together what happened, including his whole musculature being extremely sore the next day, we feel pretty sure he had a tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizure while sleeping, and it woke him up. My daughter has well-controlled epilepsy, so that definitely caused us to lean toward that. He saw his internist Friday, and he gave him a good going-over, and seems to concur with our thoughts. Got him started on the same meds as his sister, and reiterated: no driving, swimming, tub bath, etc. until seeing a neurologist for further eval. EEG and seeing neuro doc is set for Tuesday.

I spent a few days there to be with the family, and do housework, cook, and play with grandgals to help alleviate some stress from what was a difficult few days trying to process all the "what-ifs" and kinda just be there in case it happened again, and see how the adjustment to the meds was going. Got back in last night.

So for those who dropped off notes of encouragement and/or prayer support, it meant a lot to read through them. I just spent a few mins on SP a day, logging in and checking my streaks. But, surprisingly, when I got home, even after some haphazard eating ("it's clean-out-the-fridge day") and a treat at Marble Slab Creamery, my weight had actually dropped a pound! Will wonders never cease?!?

Trying to catch up on my own housework, and hoping to soon get back to doing my part, jogging around Sparkville and dropping off notes of encouragement:)
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SUZYMOBILE 6/19/2011 6:51PM

    Sending prayers your way!

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SUECHRIS50 6/19/2011 3:56PM

    Wow!You must have been terrified!It's a good thing he's semi-okay!

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 6/19/2011 3:50PM

    So, so sorry about your son! Will definitely be praying for him!!!!

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JENN03275 6/19/2011 3:46PM

    Praying for your son and your family. I never like the what-ifs and always want to know what is wrong. I never do like having to wait. Try not to worry to much, but as a mother myself, i know its easier said than done.

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KATHYKIM 6/19/2011 2:25PM

    Just catching up on my blogs. I am praying for you and your son.


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WILDFLOWERS15 6/19/2011 10:51AM

    Prayers for you and your family. My Daddy had epilesy and I know how scary it can be till the meds are regulated. Praying for good results at the neuro's visit.
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YIGOBUTTERFLY 6/19/2011 2:34AM

    I am sorry you had such a rough time but hope that things will get better for your son. I have started calls with, "are you sitting down?" so can understand the distress you went through.

My prayer is that the doctors can figure out what is going on and your son will be OK.

Glad you dropped a pound!

Jane on Guam

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TLB1630 6/18/2011 11:55PM

    Prayers for you and your family. Praying also that the meds will work well and life will get back to normal for all.

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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 6/18/2011 11:04PM

    I'm very sorry for what your family is going through. Many prayers for you and your family during this difficult time.

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GOOZLEBEAR 6/18/2011 9:11PM

    That weight loss is an added bonus for all you went through. Sure am glad they found out what the problem is and that further tests will go well.
Thank you for updating us.

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RICKEFFEL 6/18/2011 6:13PM

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YATMAMA 6/18/2011 4:06PM

    Thank God for the warnings so that we can find out what's going on and remedy it. I am trusting God to give divine wisdom to your son's doctors as they diagnose and treat him and to restore him to good health and comfort quickly.

*hugs*

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JANETELIZABETH1 6/18/2011 3:42PM

    Yes I think we all know that phone calls are that time aren't going to be good news, well unless it's a baby's birth!
I'm so sorry that has happened to your son and am praying the Lord undertakes for him in those upcoming tests and that the medication will be controlling anything in the future.
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BAILEE_GRAVES 6/18/2011 3:09PM

    Yes I absolutely HATE those kinds of phone calls. How frightened you must have been!!

I'll continue to send prayers your way as your son sees the dr on Tuesday and hopefully they'll have some concrete answers for him.

Remember to take care of you!!! Please keep us updated!
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MAWDOT35 6/18/2011 2:40PM

    I'm so sorry! I know this was a scary time for you and your family! Sometimes not knowing is worst than anything! I hope the meds will control this problem and all will go smoothly.
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