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Friends I Didn't Add!!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

emoticonSince I first got on SparkPeople, I have always added anyone who 'Friended' me to my Friends List, and sent them a SparkGoodie. At least that is what I THOUGHT I was doing.
Through reading a Blog on one of my Spark Teams the other day I discovered that you can go to your "Mutual Friends" List. It will show you a list of Friends who have Added You, but you have NOT added them. I discovered a WHOLE Page of people who have Friended me, but I have not reciprocated!! I am shocked, and embarrassed!
My first impulse was to add all of them immediately. But then I realized that many of them do not seem to be active or they have had nothing posted on their Pages for several months. Now I am not sure what I should do.
If you want to check for your own Friends, it is easy. Just go to your Friend Feed, and near the top of the Page it has a paragraph that explains the Friend Feed. Within that paragraph is a Button that says "Click Here to see or edit your list of Mutual Friends". That will take you to Your Friends List.
emoticonFor anyone who has Friended me and wondered why I didn't Friend you back, I hope you will let me know. I will add you and we will continue this Wonderful Spark Journey together.

emoticonGOALS
1.) 17,171 steps (including 2.27 miles on the Elliptical)
2.) Burned 775 Calories
3.) 130 Fitness Minutes
4.) Blog Done

  
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FIT2BETHIN 1/22/2012 7:36AM

    Thanks for the tip...I didn't know you could do that! I'll have to check it out!

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/21/2012 4:09PM

    It's always illuminating to look at that page!

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CATLADY52 1/21/2012 2:07PM

    I'm sure most people would be understanding. emoticon If they aren't, then you might want to reconsider. emoticon emoticon

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TBOURLON 1/21/2012 10:18AM

    Thanks, I haven't figured out how to "Friend" anyone yet! emoticon (blush)

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/21/2012 9:07AM

    It's always a trick, but I tend to friend back those who "friend" me... when I proactively add someone it is generally because I feel I've found a kindred spirit when I read a blog or investigated a home page.

I'm generally dismayed when I find someone on one of my teams has set their page to "private" and I can't even discover if we are indeed kindred spirits... but I completely understand... as when I google my screen name, all my blogs show up! I'm reluctanct to go "private" as I want other sparklers to see who I am and where I've been.

Knowing that anybody who knows my screen name even outside of Spark can find my blogs? Only makes me a little more cautious about what I blog. But that's not new... I'm naturally cautious.

- Barb

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DRB13_1 1/21/2012 8:02AM

    You're so kind & thoughtful...
Just keep setting the wonderful example you do, with all your fitness minutes and encouragement emoticon emoticon

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NORASPAT 1/21/2012 7:35AM

    I went through this just this week. I have been huddling with teams and posting on friends pages and so many do not reciprocate. A friendship is a two way street of give and take in my book. I am happy to see you on my pages but sad to comment on others and no response. I am getting my act better together, I am not a COLLECTIBLE!. Friends, true interacting honest to goodness friend I cherish. If a stranger friends me I go to that page and I often see thousand of people on the page including myself so I just remove myself. They will NEVER know, that's for sure. I have finally discovered I can do it my way now. Thanks LJ for the insightful blog. Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 1/21/2012 1:19AM

    Be careful Jeannie! Add and try to keep up with too many friends and you will be on here struggling to catch up more than you like. Some people just add to increase the size of their friend's list, not because of anything they saw you did. Lots of times they have never commented on your blogs or page and are just looking for more supporters of their blogs. I have put a disclaimer on my private page that I have all the friends I can handle so please don't add me, and yet they still get through and add me, obviously not even bothering to read my page that I don't have the time to keep up with any more people. That is why I changed my name and opened a new, private page..

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ABB698 1/21/2012 1:11AM

    TJ, this feature makes for a good spring cleaning anyhow huh? I recently made my page private sadly, because I googled a recipe for something that lead me (or anyone in the world) right to my spark page! I love the Spark world and don't mind being 'public' with them, but it reaches far beyond SP and I'm not exactly comfortable with that.....sigh emoticon
Anyhow, you are a great Spark friend, my most memorable to date. I am thankful you added me way back when, I ended up with a fabulous friend and team co-leader. I am blessed!
Have a fab weekend!

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I Think I Met My 10+ Fitness Minute Goal Today

Friday, January 20, 2012

emoticonStarted this morning with an almost 4 mile walk. It was below freezing so I just walked --QUICKLY!--around the block, then went inside Curves to finish my walk on the (warm!) Recovery Boards.
emoticonI worked the Afternoon Shift at Curves, and got to take Two Potential New Members ~~ A Mother & Daughter ~ through their First Workout!! They are going to try a Free Week, and then decide if they want to join. I REALLY do LOVE working at Curves, and not just because it gives me a chance to get A LOT of steps in!
emoticonSeveral of you have asked about Sparky the Rescue Turtle, aka The Mascot of the Turtles Over 50 Spark Team. He is doing Great, but has just about outgrown his 10 Gallon Aquarium Home. I think he is going to get the 50 Gallon Aquarium as soon as I can figure out where we are going to put it. AND how to clean the silly thing!! It is hard enough to clean and change the water in this one. He is VERY Lucky that I had NO IDEA how big he would get when I found him!!

emoticonGOALS
1.) 20,038 steps
2.) Burned 555 Calories
3.) 150 Fitness Minutes
4.) Blog Done!!

  
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SANDYLH1 1/21/2012 7:27AM

  We have a turtle at work who is a charmer.

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/20/2012 8:13PM

    You will need a large, external cannister filter, rated for (at least) double the volume of the new tank. So if he's getting a 50 gal. tank, the filter has to be rated for a minimum of 100 gallons. The bigger it is, the less often it needs cleaning. The nice thing about the canister filters is that they don't go in the tank and therefore it's a little easier to deal with cleaning them. He will be so excited!!! I think I had an Eheim, but not remembering 100%.

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ABB698 1/20/2012 12:53PM

    Curves is lucky to have you too!
Can't believe Sparky is that big when he was barely a tea bag! Guess he likes living in the Cannon house! :)
Good job on the steps! No spare change today huh? emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/20/2012 11:28AM

    Oh, so COOL! I hope you can take a picture of Sparky! emoticon

Oh, yes, and CONGRATULATIONS on a job well done! emoticon

Comment edited on: 1/20/2012 11:29:02 AM

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ANDI571 1/20/2012 11:01AM

    Oh my, I didn't realize Sparky would get so big. Our baby is growing up. emoticon

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NH_MOM 1/20/2012 9:18AM

    Do you know what kind of turtle Sparky is? Sounds like he's NOT a snapping turtle which is good. Those things are mean.

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/20/2012 7:41AM

    Thanks for the update on Sparky slipped into this entry. The tool that helped you lose has now become a part of your work life, too... way to make a passion into a career! And it gives you a huge chance to keep your own motivation up as you help others!

BRRRR! Stay warm down there... it's Winter here, too.

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_LINDA 1/20/2012 6:53AM

    Wow! Fantastic stepping! You are really going!! Hope old Sparky isn't one of those turtles that lives to be a 100, and grows three feet long ;)
Enjoy your weekend, make some of those steps fun ones!

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DRB13_1 1/20/2012 12:53AM

    Your blog brought a grin to my face.
Please post a picture when Sparky gets his new aquarium.
Have a great week. You are an inspiration.

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Remembering January 17, 2011 & A New Hobby?

Thursday, January 19, 2012

emoticonI didn't realize until this morning that it was One Year Ago yesterday when I was Officially Invited to New York to be on the Rachael Ray Show. On the 19th of January ~ A Year Ago Tomorrow ~ there was a Film crew here to do the "Back Story" and film some Video for the "At Home" part of my segment on the show. The following Sunday, Gary and I were on a Plane headed to New York! Rachael Ray paid for my ticket and the Hotel, but Curves paid for Gary's ticket so that he could go too. We did NOT have any way of buying the tickets.
emoticonIt was a Great Trip and I enjoyed it more than I can say.
emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonHard to believe that it is One Year Later and I am STILL Walking and Maintaining my Weight and my Gym Membership!!
And I am Still learning new things every day from all of You and from Spark People Articles.
emoticonI have decided to try my hand at knitting again. Back when I was in High School I LOVED knitting. I went out today and bought Needles, Yarn, and a Beginning Knitting Book. I started a Neckscarf today. We shall see how it goes.

emoticonGOALS
1.) 18,511 steps
2.) Burned 663 calories
3.) 125 Fitness Minutes
4.) Blog Done.

  
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ANDI571 1/20/2012 11:03AM

    It doesn't seem like a year already. Wow!

You have definitely made that transition from diet to lifestyle. Way to go! emoticon

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 1/19/2012 7:37PM

    I REALLY want to learn to knit!!! I think Mary and I are going to visit my MIL for the weekend sometime and have her give us lessons. That was SO NICE of curves to pay for Gary's ticket! HOW EXCITING that you've maintained consistently and with enthusiasm for a year after the show!

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CATLADY52 1/19/2012 2:21PM

    emoticon It may be that at first you'll have to work at getting into the rhythm of the knitting. But after a short while it will come back and it'll be like you have never stopped. Best of luck getting going. emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/19/2012 2:20PM

    You are inspirational, my dear!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/19/2012 11:06AM

    COOL! I didn't know you did this! That's fantastic! I am so proud of you, my dear friend! emoticon

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OKIEGIRL75 1/19/2012 8:57AM

    Wow. Way to maintain that weight loss. I think you are awesome.

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MARVEEME 1/19/2012 7:55AM

    Where does the time go? It's WONDERFUL that you're doing well, and rekindling a talent of your youth. The future's so bright, you've got to wear shades!
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SPARK ON!

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FLORIDASUN 1/19/2012 7:33AM

    Fantastic job...I LOVE Rachel Ray...is she as cute in person as she is on t.v. Our son Josh always used to refer to her as his future wife when he saw her...that was BEFORE she was married...hehe. emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/19/2012 7:28AM

    Woo-Hoo! emoticon on surviving your 15 minutes and staying the course! You are among my S-HEROES! emoticon

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ABB698 1/19/2012 1:22AM

    Wow TJ, a year already? Wow. That was such a cool thing, and I loved seeing you on tv! I didn't know Curves paid for Gary's ticket, that is awesome and so generous! Glad he got to experience that moment with you!
And congrats on still going and going and going!!! emoticon

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Thank You, Spark Friends ~ You Are The Wind Beneath My Wings

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

emoticon emoticon emoticonI woke up this morning to discover that I had been Voted Motivator of The Day! I was blown away by all of your Comments, Spark Goodies, and SparkMails. In so many ways I do not feel that I am worthy of all I have received today. But the one thing that I want to say to all of you is that YOU are why I am here. Right from the first time that I Logged On to this site I have felt Encouraged, Supported, and Empowered. Without the Unconditional, Constant Support of my SparkFriends ~ And My 'Real Life' Curves Friends And Family ~ I would not be here today, and I certainly would NEVER have been considered 'Inspirational' or a Motivator Of The Day.
emoticonOn the way to my Day Job, I pulled in to "Our" 7-11 to get gas and found a pile of 19 Pennies behind my Car!! Too bad I needed more than 19 cents worth of gas, LOL!!
emoticonI got off work a teeny bit early, so I was able to go by the Gym on the way to my EveningJob and jump on the Elliptical for 30 minutes (2.27 miles!!).
emoticonTuesdays and Fridays are Very Challenging Food Wise (that is a whole other Blog entirely!) but when I got off work this evening No Way was I going to come home and cook. Hubby met me at Chili's and I had the Guiltless Grill Salmon Platter. Since I 'Just Happened' to have several packets of Green Tea in my purse, I even got to have a healthy drink! I have not tracked my Food yet, but I am pretty sure that I did OK, Calorie-Wise.
emoticonIt was 24 degrees tonight, but No Way did Gary and I want to miss our Walk to 7-11. We have walked for 10+ Minutes for 277 days in a row!! We found another 13 cents in the Parking Lot, and the clerks had saved 2 Pears for me!! I am not sure that this day could get any better!!

emoticonGOALS
1.) 14,197 steps + 2.27 miles on the Elliptical
2.) Burned 669 Calories
3.) 135 Fitness Minutes
4.) Blog Done!!

  
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NORTHWOODSMOM8 1/18/2012 8:40PM

    Jeannie, it's SOOOOOOO special that Gary has done this challenge WITH you!!!! I'm going to see if dh wants to do it with me!!!!! That was SO nice of 7-11 to hold the pears!!!! AWESOME!!!! {{{{huge hugs}}}}

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CATLADY52 1/18/2012 5:39PM

    Sounds like a winner on all fronts! emoticon emoticon

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ANDI571 1/18/2012 3:27PM

    I just picked six of those numbers. I think I will play the lottery tonight.

You are awesome Jeannie. Keep up the good work.

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/18/2012 3:25PM

    Very happy for you!

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JCDROLSHAGEN 1/18/2012 12:53PM

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Sounds like you had a good day! More of the same today!

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STORMYKAT1 1/18/2012 10:46AM

    Congrats on the MOD!! Your story and photos are very inspiring. Glad you got your pears this last trip! :- D

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_LINDA 1/18/2012 9:50AM

    You do deserve motivator, you are so awesome!
Well done on keeping your calories in check in spite of going out to Chili's -didn't think they had any low calorie meals (I didn't see any salmon on our menu here :()
You work hard at getting your steps in each day, frequently going well over that standard of 10,000. If that isn't motivating, what is??

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/18/2012 9:36AM

    I just love you, my dear Okie friend! We're driving near OK this weekend! I'll be thinking of you, my motivational and inspiring SparkFriend! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MAGGIE101857 1/18/2012 6:24AM

    Congratulations - definitely well deserved!!!! emoticon

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MIZCATHI 1/18/2012 4:34AM

    You so deserve the Motivator award - I am definitely motivated by the way you fit in exercise, your energy level, and your positive outlook by a mere pile of pennies - as if they are from Heaven! emoticon Maybe they are!

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KASEYCOFF 1/18/2012 2:57AM

    Congrats, kiddo - I can't think of a more deserving Sparkler!
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ABB698 1/18/2012 2:15AM

    You have always been my #1 Motivator TJ! Congrats.
I love how you're always finding pennies from Heaven :)
And how awesome the clerks saved you pears! emoticon
So I take it the gym is some place other than Curves? Or does your Curves have an eliptical?

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SUNNYWBL 1/18/2012 1:22AM

    You deserve all the kudos that come your way! You continue to be an inspiration to me.

I guess your day job is at Curves, but what is your second job?

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Monday

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

emoticonI am REALLY tired of the Wind!! I know that I am lucky that I don't have the low temperatures that some of you do, or the Snow and Ice. I do feel bad for those of you who are having to deal with that.
emoticonIt was almost 70 degrees here today, but because it was so windy, after work I decided to go to the Gym and ride the Recumbent Bike rather than fight the wind again. I got in 7.29 miles in 40 minutes.
emoticonGary had to work late, and when I got home, it was still daylight. So, I could not resist a quick 20 minute walk. Well, like my SparkFriend 2Kitties reminded me, at least the wind adds Strength Training to my Walks, LOL!!
emoticonWhen Gary got home, he had time to eat Dinner and then it was time to walk to 7-11. I think we were both kind of glad to make it a short walk tonight. And, to add insult to injury, they were out of Pears at the store!!! GRRR!!!!

emoticonGOALS
1.)15,032 steps + 7.29 miles on the Bike
2.) Burned 742 Calories
3.) 155 Fitness Minutes
4.) Blog Done.

  
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NORTHWOODSMOM8 1/17/2012 3:08PM

    The wind really wipes me out!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/17/2012 2:47PM

    I am tired of the wind, too! Ugh! emoticon

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TXGRANDMA 1/17/2012 1:23PM

    emoticonI, too, like the goals met at the bottom of the page! emoticon

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JECKIE 1/17/2012 1:13PM

    The wind is killer, no matter the temp!

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/17/2012 11:30AM

    Wow - that temperature sounds mighty nice right now!

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_LINDA 1/17/2012 10:28AM

    Fabulous! Well done!!
Wind really is a nuisance, especially combined with -35 F temperatures!!

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SHELLB7 1/17/2012 12:57AM

    I love the goals at the bottom of the blog! Great work!
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