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Trying not to be adolescent

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Adolescents are moody and get their feelings hurt easily. They crave attention. These are natural for that age. But not after maturity, and certainly not in seniority. But I find my feelings are hurt because I feel put down. So out of touch with reality I don't deserve an answer. I have emailed SparkGuy twice over time and asked the same question: what does it mean to "hit like". He tells us daily to "hit like" if we did something or whatever. I don't know what that means. LadyVolsfan likes things a lot. I know this is not just enjoying other people's comments. I realize she must be clicking on that little "like" button. But when I click on it, nothing happens, and I find no list of things I "liked" or anything. It might have something to do with social networking. I'm not a social person and don't have anyone I'd network with except my own children. Even if I did, it would take so much time to network to people... writing this one little blog can take from a quarter hour to an hour if I get into it. How do people have time to connect to each other all day? Right here on SP, if I do everything on the Spark Point list, it takes up most of my day. And I just don't get it. Why would anyone care if somebody on some weightloss site liked reading four words somebody else wrote? Really, all I can guess from the "feed" I get in email from automatic notices that other SP teammembers pushed the "like" button, is that they seem to kind of do it automatically. If they see somebody they recognize wrote something, they automatically say they "liked" it, no matter what it is. That's not really saying they liked things, just that they recognize someone's name. I just don't get it. I suppose it's like initialing an office memo to let people know you read it. Maybe that's it. Whoever wrote something knows who read it, and it feels good to know people are noticing you. Yeah, that's probably it. If so... sorry guys, I don't belong to facebook or twitter or anything, so you don't know when I read your stuff on SP.

If that's what "hit like" means, SparkGuy, why couldn't you just tell me? It's like you were saying if I didn't know, I don't deserve to know. You couldn't be bothered. I'd tell you myself by email, but since you didn't answer the other emails, maybe you don't read them. Actually, you probably don't. Maybe you get hundreds a day and really can't read them. And you really couldn't be bothered to answer my question about your daily comments. I should have just asked Lady or Sheryl... and here I've spent over an hour writing this, when I have other things I need to do. If you "like" that, you just may have a streak of sadism.

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FUSCHIA6 8/26/2012 5:20PM

    If enough people "like" a blog, they make it a "popular blog" in the daily email. I too, get to many likes. They each send me an email which gets to be a bit much. I also hate it when I get an email saying 8 people "like" my feed of losing 4 pounds, when it is the same 4 pounds that I have lost over & over during the past year. If you don't want those like emails, change it in your account settings. I haven't gotten around to doing this myself. I don't mind getting emails about games that I post on, but I don't like getting emails about message boards that are garbage, like "post 10 times to get 10 points." That one you just have to uncheck the box that says send me an email when someone replies to this post. I usually forget that one too. I know what you mean by spending all day on the site. I have been trying the SparkCoach trial & it guides me through about 15 minutes of the most important stuff so I like that.
Good luck in your journey!
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Slapstick Workout

Monday, August 13, 2012

Today, 43 days after starting SP, I did my first workout. I'm using one of Dr. K's workouts. It starts with an exercise he smoothly demonstrates: squat, thrust, legs apart and together (like a jumping jack on the floor in a leaning rest, or pushup position). Then hop back into the squat and jump up in the air before starting (without pause) all over again, until fatigued. Right. I was fatigued after the first one. The first one of the first of nine exercises.

Dr. K says the more joints you can involve in an exercise in a safe and balanced way, the better it will work, the faster you will heal, the more weight you'll lose, etc. Well, I used a lot more joints than he intended in this exercise. I used extra ones crawling on my knees, reaching for support, and attempting to climb back to my feet for the "jump" (allowing a little artistic license here, as it was more like a geriatric hop). You are supposed to stand up from the squat you resume after the thrust-apart-together move. But jumping forward, my knees hit my stomach, which in a pushup position is planted directly and firmly on the floor. So I had to rise to my knees to crawl back to the starting position.

Another exercise was doing three kinds of bicep curls with dumbells (or my jars of peanut butter) while seated on a ball. In order to let your arms extend downward, you end up sitting on the front of the ball. And the ball scoots suddenly backwards with a suspiciously passing-gas sound while I thrash wildly trying to catch my balance, tossing the jars of peanut butter (thankfully plastic) up in the air where they fall onto a vase and a printer tray, spraying water and paper around for the ball to slip on in the next exercise, a middle-trap-on-ball. Trap is correct, as I had to call for help getting out of the position I ended up in on that one.

And it looked so graceful when Dr. K did it~ sort of like angel wings going up and down. I flew all right. Dr. K had thoughtfully suggested I just start out gently and slowly, doing only ten of each exercise the first week, later ammended to 5, given my weight and weakness. I managed three of each. Next week, if I learn to stay on the ball, I'll try for five. At least my daughter had a good laugh.

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2BDYNAMIC 8/25/2012 6:48PM

    I just read this & my husband could hear me 'howling' all the way downstairs!! ......... utterly HIlareous!! (sorry) ..... Your humor and description was most funny, but I did wonder if this were a trifle dangerous? ....... and I could just see those peanut butter jars flying thru the air like a juggling act! ......... emoticon ..... thanks for the laugh! ....

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GRIZZELDA1ST 8/13/2012 10:28PM

    Ah, just think of how good it will feel when you are able to pull them all off flawlessly! I loved your humor here!

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New Med

Thursday, August 09, 2012

I'm trying out the SP coaching choice. So far I don't really feel like I have a personal coach. The check-in page is automatic, sort of like going down the Spark Points page and doing things to get points. I don't feel as though anybody would notice if I didn't work out or went way over my diet limits. The only reason I'd want a coach is so he/she would be firm with me when I slacked off, demanding to know what the reason is. That's the only kind of accountability with a coach that I'd know about. But we'll see. I'll do the full two weeks. But if this is all it is, I don't want to pay for it.

My new med is the same as my old med, but in another form. Instead of taking it two times a day, I take it only once, and it's a time release thing. It doesn't last from one dose to the next. I wake up grouchy and way too irritable. Not nice for the children or for me when I get so irritated at them when they act their age. That's new, and unpleasant. Since I have to teach and babysit from 4 to 8 AM, it's too early to take the next dose. Or is it? Who says I have to take it at a certain time, as long as I'm consistent? OK, solved that problem. Thanks, guys.

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2BDYNAMIC 8/25/2012 7:04PM

    good to know about that 'coach' thing .......... Wouldn't that be funny when you blow it, a MEAN FACE appears on your screen w/ a harsh voice and says: EXPLAIN YOURSELF!!" ..... emoticon LOL

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    Yes being consistent is important and sometimes very necessary. Give your meds time to kick in.

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 8/9/2012 7:10PM

    Consistency is the important thing! Good luck with this form on your meds.

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Rolling in the Deep

Thursday, August 02, 2012

I heard this in a popular song. I thought it must be some song from the Pirates of the Caribbean or some spinoff, since I don't keep current with either films or music. I liked the sound, so I looked it up on utube. I was surprised to see so many people asking what the lyrics meant, especially "rolling in the deep". It means you're in deep water, far from land, way out in the ocean. The lyrics even mention a ship. But nobody seemed to know this. What surprised me even more was everyone who answered said "rolling deep" means to have lots of people with you. Not being alone or in danger, but having people to back you up. It's urbanspeak, and I'd never heard the phrase "rolling deep." But that can't be what is meant in the song because "the deep" is a noun, not an adverb or descriptive term. So I still think "rolling in the deep" means you're seriously into something, no turning back.
But whether I'm deeply into getting healthy and there's no turning back, or whether there are lots of people here to back me up so I'm not alone in it, the phrase describes my "rolling" here on Spark People.

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2BDYNAMIC 8/25/2012 6:55PM

    emoticon By Jove..... ya got me! I think yu may have delved into the deep here ..... Whichever or 'whatever' the case, happy sailing into the waters here at sparks .... it's a most joyous voyage .......... emoticon

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GRIZZELDA1ST 8/13/2012 10:32PM

    I think you're right about the lyrics as "Rolling Deep" and "rolling in the deep" are totally different phrases! :)

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 8/5/2012 12:20AM

    Great connection!

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PCASEY7 8/2/2012 11:57PM

    Good connection to SP!

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Not fit for human company

Monday, July 30, 2012

Meds didn't arrive. I've been having nightmares and "strangemares". I suddenly cry for no reason. Dizziness is really annoying. It comes in sudden bursts and I have to hold onto things to keep from falling. And headaches! All this from missing a few days of one med? Jeeze.
Just complaining. The headaches are low grade, not migraines or anything. I've been pleased and really surprised at the people who have written support. Thanks, guys. Some people have sent me little virtual surprises... what do they call those? I haven't figured out how to reply. There should be some little button to click to say thank you. Maybe there is, I'm still figuring out parts of this site. I'm not used to friendly people. That is, I don't have friends. Sheesh! What I mean is I have a supportive family and I'm a recluse, a hermit-live-apart type person. I am not around people like in a job. So strangers giving a flying...(whoa! Old military language leaking out)... whatever about anything at all that I feel or think just surprises me and I don't know what to do with it. I know this is a social site. I guess I liked the diet and exercise tools enough to "put up with" the social side. But I didn't think anyone would reply to me or read my stuff because, I mean... there are thousands of people on here. Who would even notice me, much less reply? But I find I not only don't mind it, I kind of like it. Especially since nobody sees me or insists on an immediate acknowledgement or reply almost immediately, as in-person people do. And they greatly prefer normalcy in reply. Argghh, my head. Rolling in the deep. I think I'm off on a weirdmare and just have to wait it out. Weapon-free, I hope. No, no, not... I don't mean I have weapons. I mean flashbacks and besides, I don't live in Colorado.

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 8/2/2012 2:51PM

    I can totally relate to your blog. I know I'm amazed at how kind and supportive people have been here on SparkPeople. They care. You don't see a lot of that around. Plus I can relate to your "no meds" thing too. It's weird how missing just a few days can screw with you. I hope things get better and the meds come in and you can get back on track. emoticon

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SUGARSMOM2 7/30/2012 10:15AM

  Honey . that is what you get with spark people . we are one big caring family . one for all and all for one .you are like ours .

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