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Tuesday, August 07, 2012

I'm wondering what everyone thinking about the new features here on spark people....

Do you think it will help those of us that have been here for me
or those of use who have reached our goals....but struggle staying there...

I'm trying the 2 week free trail then see if it will help with maintenance ...I don't think the price is too bad if it helps with accountability and motivation for maintenance....

what do you think, what have I not thought about

I am excited about the new features as it means Spark People is trying to keep us motivated and looking forward for things that work for us.... How do you feel about it..


it might be to late but people have asked the price and I read this on a board so not sure it is 100% correct...the coast is 7.99 a month or 3 months for 15.00...not bad if it meets your needs.....

I just heard back from coach Jenn the price will be 7.99 a month and maybe some months there will be specials like 3 months for 15.oo so for now it is going to be 7.99 a month...according to her posting.


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NASFKAB 8/8/2012 12:37AM

  difficult to pay from Bangladesh & its impersonal no way of explaining problems but it was first day wait & see

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/7/2012 11:11PM

    I also signed up for the trial, and I am also in maintenance so I just don't know what I will do, it has only been 2 days.

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BUGSMIMI 8/7/2012 8:07PM

  I'm not going to use Spark Coach, and I hope that with the move to going there, a pay site, that we don't lose access to coaches here. They are really good at being around, and I hope that doesn't change.

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RAINBOWMF 8/7/2012 6:29PM

    Not looked into it yet ,so I will let you know my opinion.


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    Kitt, I'm doing the free trial period of Spark Coach as well. I won't be able to afford it after the trial period, but I thought I would at least check it out to see what it's all about.

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LOLAJO54 8/7/2012 6:09PM

    Kitt I am happy for you
hope it works
no that is not a bad price .. you are worth it..

I do not like it as I am cheap cheap cheap ... free is for me

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LEFTSOX 8/7/2012 4:49PM

    I for one liked what I saw today. I know they will add actual coach sessions as the days progress since this is early on in the program. Today's help was really more of an intro to the program which is cool. These next two weeks will show whether it will be beneficial to everyone of just a select few.

For anyone I was offered 14.99 for three months OR 7.99 a month to "email a coach" for me to personally talk through my issues with professionals I do not feel the price is too much. I look at it this way...

I pay $8.00 for sit on my butt and get bigger I can definitely invest the same amount in my future to a smaller fitter happier me.

You get out of a program what you put in so if you need more help you need to ask for it. I like the fact that I will get advice from coaches to motivate me because all too often on spark I see more excuses and negativity in blogs than helpful info.

Kitt...Keep us up to date on how you feel about the program. I know I will be updating my blog and feed with how it works.

For some people on here it just might be the kick in the butt they need.

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BRENDABUNNY 8/7/2012 3:39PM

    I like the site the way that it is..I signed up for the 2 week free trial but I seriously feel like my sparkfriends motivate me more then just listening to coaches talk..If it helps a person to be accountable and lose or maintain their weight then by all means do it BUT for me I love the old free Sparkpeople it has so many tools I can't even use them all now..Have a wonderful sparked day emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHYGAL01 8/7/2012 2:51PM

    I was wondering that too - I hope they don't start charging for the features we already have -that it is just add on. I did not sign up for the trial yet - mostly because I could not find the charge after the free period. $8 a month sounds like a bargain if it is worthwhile.
Weird this is that right now I am really motivated so I don't know if I need an extra layer of complexity. Look forward to hearing what others think

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 8/7/2012 1:20PM

Like you, I'm in maintenance. I'm trying the 2 week free trial to see if it meets my needs. Right now, I need to be motivated & inspired. What do you think about it right now? I like what I saw But we'll see.

Hugs, Teresa

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DRB13_1 8/7/2012 11:01AM

    I also was asking about price and didn't know it they were working out a tier structure (more coaching, more cost) or not. $2 a week is cheap for the time you save in planning your week through coaching -- I've had trouble losing this year despite good intentions, so will probably invest for myself.

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BARBARAROSE54 8/7/2012 11:00AM

    Haven't checked it out, but for those who need an extra push and can't go / or won't go to a gym etc. this could be the answer for them. I don't feel the cost is over the moon, $7.99 is doable.

I need to go see what it's all about and will let you know later.

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SILVER1369 8/7/2012 10:18AM

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BUFFYSMOM2 8/7/2012 9:15AM

    Hi Kitt!
I'm gonna try it free for two weeks but never could find out how much it costs after that....
Whatever pushes us the extra mile....
PS Love reading your blogs!

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-POOKIE- 8/7/2012 8:42AM

    Not sure, I dont know about paying for things... I like the concept of free too much!!

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NORASPAT 8/7/2012 8:13AM

KITT I honestly feel that those of us who are not really in to the gym mentality will not be served as much as I would like. There are many out of shape people who really need help with this but we do not really get that help with the very youthful excellent coaches. I am not being derogatory just very realistic at 68 years young it has to be difficult to help us, many of us have more special needs.
I used to use the old tracker. I lost it when I tried the new one I totally cannot get my new one set up.
I vowed after our anniversary, which happened this week, I was going to do this. I checked it out and went to my spark points with 621 points. I panicked I am in a campground in Acadia with spotty service. Then when I finally got e-mails it was 500 points for joining OOPS!
Once we are home I will write a note to experts and let them know my thoughts.
Without a better understanding of fitness and better gym mentality many of us who do need help with fitness will still have to buy an expensive gym membership.
I hope the need for "THE REST OF US" who struggle with fitness can be better served at the price.
We are called beginners but we are not exposed to real fitness basics knowledge to understand about the fitness tracker.
It is an amazing opportunity for the younger slim marathon runners but I can only walk a 5K.
You asked I answered I still love Spark and I might be incorrect in my thoughts I just cannot figure out where teams of older. less fit but trying will be able to be well accommodated. I hope you read and expand on your thoughts, please let me know. HUGS Pat in Maine.
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DIANE7786 8/7/2012 8:09AM

    Sparks is a great site and we were lucky it was free for so long. I don't see the price after the first two free weeks. Do you know what it is? If it's reasonably priced and offers a lot of support and motivation I will probably join.

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KATHYJO56 8/7/2012 7:54AM

    I think that this is the best idea that Sparks has had in the 3 years that I have belonged. I wish that they had it in the very beginning. It sure would have made things easier for me and I think it may even help me now. When you consider what a PT costs, this is a steal. emoticon

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CROWLEY123 8/7/2012 7:39AM

    I thought it sounded like a good idea, but I doubt I'll try it. I find I have what I need and want on the regular site. Good luck with it though. Let us know what you think after.

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CMKARLS 8/7/2012 7:28AM


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    Ummm....completely lost. What are you talking about?

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Monday Morning

Monday, August 06, 2012

Good start to the day, got in 66 minutes of walking and 25 weight training

I decided to try something new with my spark plan, as most know I plan my meals about a week in advanced and post them on my tracker, so now I'm going to print off my daily menu and bring to the kitchen, so I can see what I should be eating, and the right serving size....some days I forget something or add something or get the wrong amount....I am trying to become more accountable for my food, seems exercise is good ...

I read an interesting article about why we gain weight even when we feel like we are doing our best...
I do not fool myself, I know when I have eaten more calories than I should but need to see it in black and white, seems I can then do better....
I did this yesterday and it worked well....
I'm trying to loose the weight I gained after having some changes in my personal life, and so far things are going very well, dropping about 3 pounds last week....
weighing my food seems to really help keep my portions where they should be, using grams seem better than's easy to add a bit more, and all those little bits add up at the end of the week..

well find what works for you and stick with it...

Have a healthy day...


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NASFKAB 8/7/2012 12:37AM

  great job inspiring

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/6/2012 11:07PM

    How wonderful that you take charge

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SOCKITTOME 8/6/2012 10:15PM

    You rock!!!

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KATHYJO56 8/6/2012 2:22PM

    I'm happy that you have it all together. Nobody ever said that this didn't take a lot of mental work along with the physical. emoticon

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DEEGIRL50 8/6/2012 1:35PM

    I like your visual reminder. Every little bit does count. You are doing an awesome job of getting yourself where you want to be!

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    Great job on the planning ahead, Kitt! I need to be more organized like that. Keep up the great work!



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UNSTOPPABLE_ 8/6/2012 11:55AM

    You are a woman with a plan...I like plans & lists...They keep me accountable

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BARBARAROSE54 8/6/2012 11:19AM

    great plan Kitt emoticon

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LOLAJO54 8/6/2012 11:08AM

    glad it is working for you

love your energy

keep working it!

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SILVER1369 8/6/2012 9:47AM

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BUSYGRANNY5 8/6/2012 9:46AM

    Sounds like a great plan! Love the pictures of all the fruits and vegetables!

Have a great day!

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another healthy week begins

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Another healthy week begins.
Today is my planning day, looking for a few new recipes that are light and easy, it has been hot and humid here, we did get some rain last night but it feels even more humid....

Yesterday was a good day, I walked for 60 minutes, got in some weight lifting, then went to a farmers market, got a few days of fresh veggies...then spent the rest of the day with family.
Sister and I did some shopping, we do a lot of then we had dinner there, I did good had a burger wrapped in lettuce, I have learned to love it this way with tomato, and onions...a medium corn on the cob, no butter or salt...once again I have learned to eat my food naked.... emoticon
did have 1/2 cup of lower cal ice cream...
today I'll get some down time to plan my week, and still get some moderate exercise...
I'm also going to get a list going for my rewards, I use to do this and going back to keep me motivated, not working and getting that socialization seems to make me less motivated, so maybe rewards will help...this journey is all about tweaking the plan when things seem to be slipping back to old habit or lack of motivation...

So what will you do this week to in sure you stay on track and keep your plan moving toward your goals....did you make goals...are you at the top of your priority list?

Have a positive healthy week, you are worth all the effort you put in your self.


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DUSTYPRAIRIE 8/6/2012 6:43AM

    Glad you are getting out and about. Sounds like you are easily finding your way around town. Isn's it great to have SP to turn to even when you're someplace new?

i'm still doing the international dinner theme until the Olympics are over. i do have to figure out the days we'll be out of town, though.

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    You're doing great, Kitt! Keep up the great work!

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 8/5/2012 2:49PM

    Planning for my week this afternoon. I also need to do some tweaking on my goals & plans. If I don't plan ahead, I'm in trouble....Here's to a healthy week for both of us emoticon emoticon

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KATHYJO56 8/5/2012 1:31PM

    Hi Kitt, I too have planned my week for healthy living. Isn't a hamburger wrapped in a fresh lettuce leaf the best! Enjoy your week and stay healthy; I know that I plan to. emoticon

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LOLAJO54 8/5/2012 11:19AM

    Kitt great blog
great tips


I will try your meal planning - I eat basically the same foods so it will not be too hard


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BARBARAROSE54 8/5/2012 8:28AM

    Meal planning for me today also.

you are doing great Kitt. emoticon

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NASFKAB 8/5/2012 7:59AM

  way to go hugs

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    Planning and prepping meals for the week
Getting some me time today
Giving my body a day of rest from exercise
Giving myself credit for at least one healthy choice per day.

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DEBBIELCG 8/5/2012 7:31AM

    thanks for the motivation

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Friday, August 03, 2012

Planning a healthy week end and to visit 2 of my Aunts.....have not seen the one since my Mother's funeral.
Rode the exercise bike 10 miles in under 60 minutes.....getting my strength back and happy with my weigh in, down 3 pounds...7 more to go....

today is house work day, we are going to grill out for dinner, rib steaks tonight, yahooo my favorite.

Got my new chair, a small recliner that fits me just right.....thank you Gary dear, it's perfect....

I took pictures and they are all blurry, so back to redoing today, not sure what I did wrong...

so life goes on even if you don't.....decide what you want and then go do it...


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FUNGIRL81005 8/4/2012 10:34PM

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GEMINIGEM6 8/4/2012 3:02PM

    You will always be one of my biggest inspirations on here. :) Have a great day.

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-POOKIE- 8/4/2012 2:56AM

    I hope you enjoyed!

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WARMSPRINGDAY 8/3/2012 10:09PM

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 8/3/2012 6:55PM

    Woo Hoo Kitt....You rock!

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HEALTHYGAL01 8/3/2012 6:21PM

    Good words! Have a great weekend

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RAINBOWMF 8/3/2012 6:07PM

    emoticon on the weight coming back off.
You are a trooper!
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KATHYJO56 8/3/2012 2:32PM

    Life is going well for you, Kitt. Enjoy! emoticon

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BARBARAROSE54 8/3/2012 2:28PM


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    emoticon emoticon Great job on losing 3 lbs this week, Kitt!!! Keep up the great work!!! Hope you have a great weekend!



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NASFKAB 8/3/2012 10:55AM

  enjoy the weekend

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 8/3/2012 10:52AM

    Enjoy your new chair! What a thoughtful DH! Love the thought about life.

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SILVER1369 8/3/2012 10:14AM

    Enjoy your weekend! Sounds like you have a great plan. emoticon

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LOLAJO54 8/3/2012 10:06AM

well except your pictures sorry...

have a great visit

happy too about the weight removal

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SOCKITTOME 8/3/2012 9:42AM

    "Life goes on even if you don't...decide what you want and then do it..."

Wow. That is awesome and so true! Sounds like you are settling in nicely, Kitt. I knew you would because you follow what you said. You rock!!

Edited to add: I want to be like you when I grow up! emoticon

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What a day

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

My day getting an Ohio drivers licence .
This was quite an experience, first off they moved the office across the street from where the booklet said it would be...
then we were told to bring our birth certificate, social security card, prove of address where you now live, and money 23 dollars. so I had it all excluding my card that proved back in 1969 I passed a drivers training course with a

we stood in line for a few minutes and then it was my turn, the lady was not so friendly, sort of demanding that I have all the proper paper work as there was lot that is needed, her words were we just give these things....she looked over my papers and said where is my marriage licence, ... emoticon
at first I thought it was a joke, turns out I'm still in the Ohio system from way back, I had a licence in Ohio when I was 16, so way back.....I had to go back home and find my marriage licence....gee whiz.
so Gary went on to take his test and then wait for me....
of course it's all computerized test, you have to get 30 questions right and then the machine turns off. I had to do 32 questions, I missed after about 3 hours I had an Ohio drivers licence , picture not so bad...
Gary insisted we go out for lunch to we have to register our cars

one funny thing Gary's licence is good till 2016 mine 2015...go figure they both cost the same...

Have a healthy day
today my new chair comes, yahoo, then going shopping with sister while the men folk work on the deck, at sisters house..

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RAINBOWMF 8/3/2012 6:10PM

    Just glad it was you and not me. emoticon
I would still be looking. LOL!!!

Hugs Mary

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 8/3/2012 10:49AM

    Same thing with the marriage license here in TN! We had to make THREE trips back to the driver's license place to get all the stuff required! They sure don 't make life easy!

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SOCKITTOME 8/2/2012 9:29PM

    Wow, that sounds like such a chore! Glad that task is done. On to the next!

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HEALTHYGAL01 8/2/2012 12:44PM

    I am amazed that they needed a marriage license. I'm glad you are organized enough to find all of your paperwork and got it done. I think in some dates the expiration may have something to do with year of birth. I remember when my family moved to Florida when I was a kid. My parents had to pass the written test and they were bragging about how it was common sense and since my dad drove a truck in NYC for years he would not need to study. Both my parents failed their first attempt. I remember enjoying that a lot!

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KMICHA 8/2/2012 11:16AM

    The DMV is not one of my favorite places! You perservered and now you will not have to deal with them again for 3 more years!!! Have a fun day today!

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NASFKAB 8/2/2012 1:43AM

  My late sister lived in Ohio till she died in 2009 so visited there a lot but not anymore

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KATHYJO56 8/1/2012 3:00PM

    The license system is goofy here in Ohio. I'm happy that you got it over with and had lunch out with Gary too! emoticon emoticon

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    I'm glad you were able to get your license, Kitt. They have changed what we need to get our licenses now in GA. Luckily, I just got mine this year and can wait for another 4 years. Have fun shopping with your sisters!



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UNSTOPPABLE_ 8/1/2012 11:25AM

    Wow, I had no idea it would be so much trouble to renew a DL from state to state

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BARBARAROSE54 8/1/2012 10:00AM

    glad all worked out for your licences.

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-POOKIE- 8/1/2012 9:27AM

    Glad it finally got sorted!

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ANNANN63 8/1/2012 8:58AM


You are my greatest inspiration on SP. I am not around much but I come and read blogs.

I reached my goal 2 years ago and have regained 10 pounds. I took most of it off earlier this year and then put it back on.

I will be here cheering you on. You are amazing. And I will get back to my goal weight.

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LOLAJO54 8/1/2012 7:43AM

    here I am

typical government people .. ours is now independent --
happy you got your new drivers license -- lol with only using up 3 hoours of your time.

that is so strange ---that must be a typo .. yours should both expire the same date ..I would question that.

have a great day
happy August 1st

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LOLAJO54 8/1/2012 7:41AM

    trying again -left a comment but see nothing errrrr

well for now just say Happy August the 1st

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