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Thursday, November 18, 2010

I appreciate ALL the blog comments today. I was scared when I opened my mail and saw exactly how many!! lol...

The no whining blog: I just want to say I am glad I am not the only one. I know it is hard to be strong and I sure as hell am not all the time. I feel bad sometimes and I dont understand why I havent lost weight etc. etc. That is normal, that is not whining. Whining is jealously thinking someone has it easier than you. Nobody does. It is all hard. For everyone.

Every person I know struggles and let me tell you, it is my joy, honor and pleasure to be able to offer an ear or a kind word to help them along. I love it. I live for it. I love being needed and I love knowing they are here for me.

But not one, NOT ONE is a whiner. They are strong, amazing people who are kicking life in the butt every day. Do they get down? OF course!! They are human!! BUt they are not whiners and neither is any of you who commented on this blog today. You make me smile and I am stronger today because of your support, your funny words, and your encouragement. Thank you for joining the no whining zone!

And you are all the best potatoes I have ever seen. I would eat you all but it would blow my nutrition tracker to peices....

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DAISY443 11/20/2010 8:35AM

    You have created an amazing "No Whine Zone". Now we need a logo, maybe our own team! I say "Spread the Spark, Spread the No Whine Zone, Down with Negativity, Up with positivity (is there such a word?)! Thanks for your amazing blogs!

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KRAWRS 11/19/2010 5:25PM

    Hahahaha... I LOVE your blogs. I am definitely joining the no whining zone! And I'm glad you are not eating all us best potatos because we'd hate to be the reason you blow your calorie goals for the day. ;D

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LISSIEONE 11/19/2010 12:05PM

    I love your blogs! I love your attitude! Spark on!!!!!

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KAMAPERRY 11/19/2010 11:08AM

    Good thing I am not a french fry, lol!! No, seriously your blog told it as it is!!! You are awesome!

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WILLIAMV3 11/19/2010 8:24AM

    I can take disappointment but whining is altogether different. Have a great Friday.

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TREASURINGLIFE 11/19/2010 8:11AM

    LOLing at the thought of you eating all us glorious potatoes...and then having to log it all on your Nutrition Tracker! :)

Have a wonderful day - and NO WHINING!!! ;)

- Michelle

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 11/19/2010 7:52AM

    Copy Paste into your browser. And baby, I'm the gravy to your potatoes mmmmmkay?


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CLEVAGAL 11/19/2010 12:02AM

    WAAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAAHHHHHH........I know.....Im cheeky!
Cleva xxx

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 11/18/2010 11:26PM

    I'm glad you put that out there. No one said this journey would be easy, and I totally understand having slip ups but seriously, for the past week I've been reading one negative self-deprecating, feel sorry for myself blog after another. I certainly have days when I feel like giving up or just eating everything in sight, and sometimes that happens. But I can't fool myself and say, "I don't know why I'm not losing weight." Umm excuse me!!! Thanks for being bold and daring!

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Please. stop. whining.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

I have spent several hours on SP this morning and I have to say:
Stop whining! I am actually thinking about quitting one of my teams because of how negative people are.

Look, this is not easy. We knew it wasnt going to be. There are no secrets! Do you not get that yet? Do your profile, stay within the ranges, track your food on SP, do a bit of excercise and no it doen't have to be hard! Go for a damn walk! You do not have to run or join a gym or by a Wii... Just move more than you did yesterday. Put some music on and dance for 20 minutes, just do a little something.

The weight WILL come off! Nobody finds it any easier than you do. Nobdy is "Lucky" to have lost the weight. They have worked hard to do it. We all struggle. It is a journey,

Learn to enjoy your life instead of whining and complaining about how you hate how things are. Especially when you are the one who created it! We only have one. One day, one life. Make the best of it while working towards a better one!

Whining is not the same as asking for help or reaching out because you are having a tough day.
The definition of whining is: A feeble or petulant complaint
Stop it. Please.

If you need help or have questions, I am here but if you just want to whine, call your Mom.

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WATERMELLEN 11/28/2010 7:26PM

    Well, I've done a bit of whining about persistent flu recently (for which I apologize) but -- in general gotta say I seek out the sunshine that I try to be!!

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 11/28/2010 7:21PM

    There was someone on here who talked about how she took months to train herself not to swear. And, then she constantly noticed that others swore, and it bothered her. Then it dawned on her that she could only monitor and correct HER own swearing.

So it is with whining...


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TKADEEPBREATH 11/28/2010 3:10PM

    It's like a "virus" don't you think? You just can't stay around it or it will affect you one way or another. You're thinking is not wrong. I don't care if it's 70 or the last 7, it all goes away the same way.

Geeze, just keep "dusting their britches"!!!

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SMAYMAY 11/22/2010 2:54AM

    UMMM This was awesome and very true.. often we get caught up in whinning so we feel better about making excuses.What a great blog and I am sure your team apprecaited the reality check that this is a life JOURNEY not a pitty party! awesome blog!

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BBGYRL4 11/20/2010 10:42PM

    You tell them!! I totally agree with you.

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 11/20/2010 9:59PM

    i've had my ups and my downs, but i've purposely sought out people that are positive. What serves a purpose at one point may not continue to serve your needs as you change. No harm, no foul... it just is.

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BADASSBLONDIE 11/20/2010 9:10PM

    I want to show this to my mom and my coworker b/c both of them are driving me nuts right now.

:D Thanks!

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DAISY443 11/20/2010 8:32AM

    I have actually quit a team, because the negativity was getting ME, the eternal optimist, down! I have no problem with people with legitimate problems venting some, but I like to see a plan to get past that problem at the same time. Great blog. When you hear me complaining too much, slap me down (uh, virtually, that is!)

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BREWMASTERBILL 11/19/2010 8:23AM

    Have you directly told any of these people to stop?

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TREASURINGLIFE 11/19/2010 8:12AM

    Um, it's my party and I'll whine if I want to - whine if I want to - whine if I want to. You would whine too if it happened to you! LOL. No? Okay then. :)

Ha, anyway - I couldn't agree more! Have a good one, love. And let's spend today enjoying the wonderful life we've been given!!!

- Michelle

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EVENTER 11/19/2010 3:31AM

    Love it. It's a good reminder for the otherwise pessimistic me. :D

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ZURDTA- 11/19/2010 2:25AM

    emoticon I know what you mean. Some people really do need support and need to vent... you're right, there is a difference.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 11/18/2010 9:17PM

    Amen sister! Ask for help, don't cry that you can't do it before you've even tried.

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FOXCINA 11/18/2010 8:02PM

    Excellent!! No more emoticon

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RONIREDD 11/18/2010 7:51PM

    Agree - if you saw my status ... I actually said something about how depressing the blogs are today! Glad I am not the only one ....

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BJW-FARMGIRL 11/18/2010 7:37PM

    Thank you Mama. I was just talking to somebody else about this today. You gotta wanta. That's all I'm sayin'.

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ATREAT4ME 11/18/2010 7:35PM

    Said like only a Mama can say it. Thank you for the tough love.

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PASTTHEMISSION 11/18/2010 7:14PM

    THIS. I was thinking about this the other day after talking to my dad. My dad just had surgery in his colon so he has staples up his bum. I talked to him and he was fine. No complaints, amazed by medical technology, and grateful that they had found the slightly cancerous growths and been able to remove them. So then i go on facebook and in my head all I'm saying is 'ugh people! it's not as bad as you think, be more positive please!'.

I've lost two pounds in 2 months. I'm sure a lot of people would think of that as a failure and I even find myself at times whining saying 'this is never going to work, etc. etc.' but at the same time I've gained muscle and have gained some very healthy habits. I think some people just get stuck on the number, get stuck with the fear of failing and always being the fat person in the room. To be honest, if one of my teams was just all whining and pity party defeatism I would probably leave it.

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BIGMAMAT 11/18/2010 7:02PM

    Tough love right there babe! mama says
"suck it up and DO IT"!!!!! Woot, Woot!!

emoticon the whining! woot woot!. Shut your trap and lets get to it!!! ahahaha

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ROBINSNEWNEST 11/18/2010 6:59PM

    Now, here's some "Mama love" for ya!


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KESTRIE 11/18/2010 6:47PM

    "Do your profile, stay within the ranges, track your food on SP, do a bit of excercise and no it doen't have to be hard! Go for a damn walk!"

LOVE IT!!! emoticon emoticon

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BTINTERNET 11/18/2010 6:12PM

    Wow, everyone's blogs today are things I needed to hear. Thanks!

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GO-LOEW 11/18/2010 5:07PM

    Yah, you tell um sister!!!! Maybe we need to start the Just Do It team! It is so motivating to read posts from people who are doing what say they will, whether they are on day one or year three, or have lost 150 pounds or 2 pounds.

What I wish people would understand is that if they don't JUST DO IT today, they will spend as many days as they allow wishing they were thin and healthy or failing and feeling fat and worthless. Don't waste all those hours, days, weeks, months, and years being on a stinking diet! Just get it done now, whatever age you are and have all that extra time for living a full life.

Conversely, if you can't dig deep and JUST DO IT, admit it and live a full life with whatever weight you are and whatever medical problems you have and will get, but don't spend your life wishing and whining about it. If YOU won't take action, it will not happen.

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WILLIAMV3 11/18/2010 5:05PM

    Amen to that!

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BAILEYS7OF9 11/18/2010 4:58PM

    Love it!!! I can see a rant now and then to vent, but thats venting... not whining!

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NEDERLUNG 11/18/2010 4:53PM

    Hickup! Wathh, ey didth noth thath ooth thaw meh whinninth. Hickup. I'llth thstopth nowth. Hickup. Thmilths!

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MSPRIS3 11/18/2010 3:36PM

    Well Said!!!

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JENPOSS 11/18/2010 3:17PM

    OH GOSH!! I have been thinking the exact same thing lately. I haven't lost weight lately; however, I 100% know it's my own darn fault for eating stupid foods. I've noticed a few people on this site that post NOTHING but negative things.. I can't handle it.. I don't know how to constantly try to pick people up!! At some point we just have to let them fall and pick themselves back up!

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KAREN_NY 11/18/2010 3:16PM

    Thanks so much for this blog. I saw your picture on another post, and had to check out your page -- love it!
I've been looking for a "no whining zone" since I came here, and it's good to know there are other "Just Do It" folks out there.

Rock the day,

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PATTI_LARSON 11/18/2010 1:56PM

  You're 100% right... poop or get off the pot! Try, try, try! That's all you can do! If it were easy EVERYONE would do it! We all know it sucks! lol

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MRSMLBJ 11/18/2010 1:38PM

    Brava!!!! Good on you girl friend! Hope everyone reads this and it makes a Blog of the week!!! Brava, Brava!!!!!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 11/18/2010 1:35PM

    You are right we need to stop complaining and just get to it. Slow or fast we can do it if we just DO!


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MOMMYTO1IN2012 11/18/2010 1:30PM

    Love love love it! I have to admit that I whined a bit when I was heavier and even a bit here on Spark about how much weight I wasn't losing (did I think it was just going to fall off me emoticon)? After my minor meltdown/pity party, I picked myself back up and embraced two quotes. Quote 1 - taken from the very wise Yoda, "There is no try. Only do." Quote 2 - taken from Bob Harper, trainer on the biggest loser, "Stand up and finish what you started." I've really lived by these quotes for the past six weeks or so, and in my seven weeks on Spark, I've lost 15.6 lbs! So, I'm with you, sista. I have no tolerance these days for those who whine. Case in point - I really had to hold back the other day when my BF's mother said to me, "I tried a personal trainer once, but it was really hard and they were mean because they made me lift weights." DUH! What did you think was going to happen? Arghhh...
Anyway, I'm glad someone had the cojones to post this blog! Thanks so much - you brought a smile to my face. Have a fantastic, healthy, Spark-filled day!

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KAMAPERRY 11/18/2010 1:28PM

    Well said!! emoticon

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WORKINGSTIFF 11/18/2010 1:26PM

    Love it!

And please add..."stop making excuses." That one blows my mind. "I can't exercise dog died, my job is crappy, my mom is needy, etc. etc."

"I can't lose weight because I can't eat (fill in the blank), don't like (fill in the blank)," blah blah blah.

People, stop making excuses. EVERYBODY has something difficult they have to get through, go through, deal with, you name it.

Man, I feel a blog coming on...


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KICKINGIT@56 11/18/2010 1:17PM

    You said it, girlfriend! I don't know why some people expect life to be easy; after all , we come out of the womb, kicking and screaming.

I tend to "tune out" whiners. If they have something good to tell me, then I'll listen.

Good blog! emoticon

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BRIAEL 11/18/2010 1:15PM

    Hmmm, I understand your blog as I often get frustrated when I see people who are looking for an excuse to quit, and want us to "allow" it, either on a temporary or permanent basis ..... but, and here's the big but, sometimes people are just letting off steam or looking for a pat on the head to encourage them to keep going.

You're right, it IS tough to do this every day. Almost six months in and I still have days when I think "screw this", even though I am a generally happy soul these days! :)

People let emotions out in different ways. A depressive frame of mind is always going to see negatives, where someone with a happy perspective will cope with the downers in life. Personally, I still like the old "want some cheese with that whine?" when someone is constantly droning on about the same old failures, but I do allow people a day or two of self-pity before I crack out the whiney-whip! :)

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HEALTHYASHLEY 11/18/2010 1:14PM

    It's easier to whine than take any personal responsibility. This is why I am not so active in teams

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CELLISTA1 11/18/2010 1:04PM

    I love this about you, Jan --- you are honest and powerful -- and funny too! I haven't been on Spark very long, but you may have noticed how I've gravitated to a few wonderful Spark friends who are ALWAYS honest, powerful, and funny. My real-life (non Spark) friends are like this too. We don't need negativity in our lives, we have enough to deal with already! That doesn't mean a person can't honestly (or humorously) express worry or pain, and it doesn't mean a person can't ask for help. It just means, "Don't whine!"

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MANDYFRANK 11/18/2010 1:01PM

  We all fall. We all get up. At sometime or another we quit, binge and feel so sad we wanna die! BUT we have got to get up and keep going! I too am sick of the oops I did it again and the why do I do this... Get over it or under it!!! MOVE OVER and let someone who really want this to work speak!!!

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WATCHMEGO2 11/18/2010 12:59PM

    Amen Sista!

Comment edited on: 11/18/2010 1:05:00 PM

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RIGBY31 11/18/2010 12:53PM

    Oh Honey.... so glad you said it! Dang it, this is hard sometimes and not just with the food. It's called life. Somtimes I want to say quityerbellyachin'. Just work it!

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DEESJOURNEY2FIT 11/18/2010 12:52PM

    I do agree with you! I do sometimes need to vent or complain about things in life but I am under no delusion that this is going to be easy. I've determined it's much easier to gain then lose, who made up that rule? lol People still want that magic diet or pill that'll instantly make them thin. A girl or boy could hope right? lol It won't happen, what will make things change is hard work and diligence! Sorry to hear about some of your teams, it does make sparking a not so fun activity when faced with that.

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THAZENSTAB 11/18/2010 12:49PM

    I hate to admit it, but your right! It is easy to complain and whine, some days it's hard to find something to be happy about, but we need to get up and be thankful God has given us another day....Smile, and try to make the most of the day. I'm sure at the end of the day we can find something positive to focus on and if we failed our diet that day, tomorrow is another one to do better. I hope you have a great day! Smile, be happy, and don't let others bring you down! emoticon

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THAZENSTAB 11/18/2010 12:48PM

    I hate to admit it, but your right! It is easy to complain and whine, some days it's hard to find something to be happy about, but we need to get up and be thankful God has given us another day....Smile, and try to make the most of the day. I'm sure at the end of the day we can find something positive to focus on and if we failed our diet that day, tomorrow is another one to do better. I hope you have a great day! Smile, be happy, and don't let others bring you down! emoticon

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THAZENSTAB 11/18/2010 12:44PM

    I hate to admit it, but your right! It is easy to complain and whine, some days it's hard to find something to be happy about, but we need to get up and be thankful God has given us another day....Smile, and try to make the most of the day. I'm sure at the end of the day we can find something positive to focus on and if we failed our diet that day, tomorrow is another one to do better. I hope you have a great day! Smile, be happy, and don't let others bring you down! emoticon

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SUKOTO 11/18/2010 12:39PM

    I always feel hypocritcal when I tell people to stop whining but I know exactly what you mean. It seems like if people don't have something nice to say then they just complain.
wah wah hard and shut it! haha
Thanks for making me smile.

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Small Potatoes?

Thursday, November 18, 2010

I dont know why, but I woke up with this blog in my head. Im weird, I know.

I want to talk about potatoes. They are heavy for their size, we can do alot of different things with them, most people love them, they are versatile and delicious!

The potato skin is what we see when we look at them. The ugly, dirty, lumpy skin. But we still love them, still desire them, still want to consume them. And when you peel them, there is the lovely, delicious, shiny part that everybody loves, inside. Even if you don't peel it and you just scrub it, it looks better, shiny, clean, dark and lovingly holding the fluffy stuff inside. But the skin has all the good stuff:The vitamins and minerals that make the potato valuable.

We are kind of like that. We want to be the fluffy, yummy stuff that everyone loves but we have the skin on us, the weight, the fat. We want to peel the skin and just be the potato but we cannot separate it that easily. We forget that we are still loved even with our "skin" on us.

The skin is important. It protects that potato like our weight protects us. It keeps the yummy inside safe and clean. But if a potato is left alone too long, it becomes bad. It starts getting soft and green and rotten. Potatoes are meant to be consumed. That is what they are made for. If they are not used for their purpose, they have wasted their existence. If losing the weight is what it takes for us to use our lives and fulfill our purpose, then great. But dont hide behind it anymore.

Let's not waste our lives complaining about the skin. Let's scrub it up, make it as good as we can, let people see how important the entire potato is. Some people think the skin is the best part! I mean, have you ever gone to an appetizer section in a restaurant and NOT seen potato skins on the menu? No. Have you had the mashed potatoes with the skins mixed in? How much better they taste? How much better they are for you? And come on, who doesnt love Natural cut fries with the skins still on?

Today, be the best "potato" you can be! Fry it, cut it, slice, dice, chop, shred, mash, bake it up, but use it. Don't let today go by shriveling up on a shelf. Be consumed!

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SMAYMAY 11/22/2010 2:56AM

    ummm. your skin is scrubbed and shinning!! you are looking fanstastic with a great attitude and sense of adventure that matches that butter and bacon that goes on the potato... of course turkey bacon and LOW fat butter in moderation ...LOL!!! emoticon

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DAISY443 11/20/2010 8:28AM

    Grat blog! Now, every time I look in the mirror, I see this wrinkled up old spud looking back at me!

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LCHADBOURNE 11/19/2010 11:08AM

    What a great blog! Awesome perspective! I'll never look at a potato the same way again.

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BIGMAMAT 11/18/2010 6:59PM

    Can anyone say "Mama is one HOT potato??" hahaha emoticon

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BTINTERNET 11/18/2010 6:06PM

    You're so funny (and right!)

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SARAWALKS 11/18/2010 3:35PM

    AW, this is a FANTASTIC BLOG! What a great analogy. Also gotta say it reminds me of some things Leslie Sansone says, like "bodies were created to move and burn calories" - "burning calories is a HEALTHY FUNCTION OF THE BODY" - in other words, be consumed, be involved, BURN BABY BURN! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BRAINYBLONDE5 11/18/2010 2:35PM

  I LOVED THIS!!! :)

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BRIAEL 11/18/2010 1:06PM

    Superb blog again, Jan. Who doesn't love the humble spud for the variety of ways it can be prepared. Not only is the good stuff on the inside, with a tasty coat that can be buttered, salted, boiled, roasted and others, but there are a gazillion varieties.

You couldn't have picked a better veg to compare us to. Grrrrrrreat. :) Have a wonderful day, Jan. :)

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KRAWRS 11/18/2010 12:35PM

    Loved this blog! Love any blog about the insides and outsides of foodstuffs vs. people. :p Fabulous!

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KAMAPERRY 11/18/2010 12:05PM

    Awesome Analogy!!!! Ok, I am the best Spud I can be! emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 11/18/2010 11:52AM

    I love it Jan! I AM a potatoe! You have a way with words, thanks for the blog!

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ROBINSNEWNEST 11/18/2010 11:34AM

    Jan, I LOVE this blog! You're right... as usual:) I know I want to be the "good part", but it's the tough stuff that makes the "good part" even better.

Just love it when we can be aware of the bigger stuff in our lives by simply paying attention to the small stuff in the process...

emoticon job, Jan!

love you!

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BJW-FARMGIRL 11/18/2010 11:18AM

    This was great! You think good in your sleep, Mama! And Luvdogz and Michelle's comments are too funny!

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TREASURINGLIFE 11/18/2010 10:52AM

    I'm so gonna be the best potato EVER! :)

- Michelle

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LUVDOGZ 11/18/2010 10:34AM

    Very well put! Today I will be the best tater I can be. I have been on the shelf for toooo long!

Great blog!


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SLFRISBEY 11/18/2010 10:28AM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing your insight... and now I want potatoes :)

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Best laid plans....

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Today, I was in office and not much was happening today so I decided to start cleaning because I am having my carpet cleaned on Friday and that means taking everything out of my entire living room/family room/dining room. Good time to clean the base boards, fans and all the furniture.

So my PLAN was to go and get all the cleaners I would need and then get started. One of the cleaners I use is only available 30 minutes away at a janitorial supply (pet smell eliminator FYI) so I drove over there and while I was talking to the cashier (about spark cause she was complaining about being starving cause she only had a salad last night and hadnt had breakfast this morning!) my phone rings and its Frank. He needs me to immediatly go back home, get a something from our shop and bring it to him at the job site (over an hour away in the other direction) so I called Kady and asked her to make me a PBJ sandwich so I could just grab it and go and her Artie was there and loaded up the thing Frank needed in my truck. (she wrote me a cute little note on my lunch bag and even gave me some mini rice cakes desert thingy' cute!)

So I ate while I drove and escaped a drive thru situation and met up with Frank on the job so everything got done. When I got home, still quiet in the office so I jetted to the store and got some last minute dinner things and some fresh fruit for a yummy salad. (Dinner tonight was Basa fish filets, corn on the cob, french bread, a bit of baked potato and some of the fruit salad).

So my plan did not work out but on the bright side, both girls are going to be home tomorrow and my neice called and offered to help so we will kick ass on the cleaning tomorrow. (should be done by lunch time which will be convenenient cause they always like to go out to lunch and we rarely go anymore). Then Friday will be here before I know it, my carpets will be cleaned, I will move everything back in and start prepping for the fun part of Thanksgiving.

I talked to my cousin today whos first question was how is Kady. I am happy to report she has not skipped a beat and is at work and being a busy bee as always. (we have appt for Jan. 3 for specialist but I am going to call every day to try to get her in before the end of the year. They said they have cancellations but they dont keep a waiting list so keep calling... Um, they never should have told me that cause I WILL call every day. Believe that!).

Hope you are all well. I am having hot flash marathon for the last week (I got off one of the hormone meds and I am thinking maybe that wasnt a good idea!!) and my weight loss is non existant. Gained 2 last week, lost it a pound at a time, and was up again the same 2 pounds. I am ignoring it and just trying to stick to the plan and keep walking). Dont get too excited, Maia, I still have time! Team Jan!!!

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DAISY443 11/20/2010 8:26AM

    Whew , what a day! You seem to have handled it well!

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KAMAPERRY 11/18/2010 12:01PM

    Hope you get it all done!!! I am impressed with you beating the drive thru!

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ROBINSNEWNEST 11/18/2010 11:29AM

    I bet by now you and the girls are gettin' stuff done! Always goes quick with the added benefit of more hands and more humor in the room. Even though yesterday wasn't what you expected, it sounds like everything went well. I'm not surprised by Kady's can do spirit. She sounds a bit like someone else I know... who could that be? hmmmm... oh, her amazing .... Mama!


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BAYBELIEVER 11/18/2010 8:17AM

    Your day may not have gone as planned, but your plan to make it all work did! Isn't it wonderful that we are so involved in this new healthy lifestyle we think ahead like that (to call ahead and ask someone to make something so we can avoid a drive thru). Awesome work! Yeah, and that scale, you will show it who is boss! Just let it go on thinking it is, because it isn't! You are so much stronger!

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MRSSIBRAT 11/18/2010 8:15AM

    aw I know how it feels when you think you think you have the day all figured out and it doesn't are doing great lady!! hope today you get it all done!!

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BIGMAMAT 11/18/2010 7:03AM

    Good for you, ignoring that meanie scale! Don't let it "weigh " you down! baahaha . I laugh.

I hate it when things don't go as planned but such is life. It will all get done.

Have a good day Jan!!!! emoticon

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Blogs subscription annoyance!!!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Feel free to copy and forward to SP if you agree with me!

Dear SparkPeople,

While this site offers many wonderful and innovative tools, there is one thing that needs to be changed in my opinion.

Blog subscriptions.

If you subscribe to someones blog currently and you miss one, you are sent to Blog subscription Limbo where you have to go and resign up to continue to receive them. Hence, you can miss many blogs of a friend not realizing that you have been sent to Limbo.

I believe that if one subscribes to a blog, you should stay subscribed until such time as you choose to unsubscribe. I think it would be a much more helpful tool and many new people do not understand the site well enough and may be missing connections with those who are valuable to their journey.

Please consider changing the website to this method. Thank you very much.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MAURIZIA 1/27/2011 3:40PM

    So with you on this...not to mention with the new Start page, which we will all be getting, I can't find a place to "manage blog subscriptions" that used to be on the old version of the Start page.

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PAMINHALF 11/18/2010 7:35AM

  I couldn't agree more!

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ATREAT4ME 11/15/2010 3:25PM

    Thank you, Mama, for taking care of this. So agree with you.

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BRIAEL 11/15/2010 3:24PM

    Amen. :)

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TRAINER_T 11/15/2010 3:24PM

    YUP agree!

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BAILEYS7OF9 11/15/2010 3:22PM

    I agree!

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ZIPLOCK 11/15/2010 3:17PM

    Seriously - and I don't think it used to be this way a few years ago... I was getting blog notices from all my friends back then.

I hope they get the hint!!

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DIFROMWYOMING 11/15/2010 2:35PM

    Totally agree here! Hope they get the message!

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ELYMWX 11/15/2010 2:31PM

    I use Google Reader, however then I need to make sure that I've got all my friends' blogs subscribed. I've asked SP if sit would be possible to make a feed and/or a page where you can get a list of all blogs by all of your friends.

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ANNE7X7 11/15/2010 2:12PM

    YES, YES, YES!!!

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WILLIAMV3 11/15/2010 2:06PM

    I'm with you on this one.

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BADASSBLONDIE 11/15/2010 2:02PM

    AGREED!!!!! What I'd really like is somethign similar to my livejournal "friends" page, where everyone's blogs I'm subscribed to show up in one place and I can just scroll through. :D

Comment edited on: 11/15/2010 2:03:24 PM

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RUNNER12COM 11/15/2010 2:02PM

    I use "Google Reader" online and the iPad "Reeder" and just subscribe via RSS to each of my friends' blogs. That way, I can access them when I want and I never miss a blog entry.

(That might be a bit tech-y for some folks, but it works for me.)


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VIRGOGURL4 11/15/2010 1:00PM

    I agree...that feature is soo confusing.

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LUVDOGZ 11/15/2010 12:49PM

    I was wondering about that. I agree, and thanks for letting us know.

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KAMAPERRY 11/15/2010 12:42PM

    Does this apply to the friend feed?

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1BEACHWALKER 11/15/2010 12:12PM

    Is there such a button to click if someone writes a new blog? I checked the subscribe to this blog on there blog page & get an email for each time someone comments on it - that's not what I wanted! There Is not enough time for that!!!! I agree SP needs to take c/ o that !!!

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DAISY443 11/15/2010 12:07PM

    emoticon (ouch!)

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JEREMY723 11/15/2010 12:01PM

    I usually go to the Manage Blog Subscriptions on the homepage and click on it, then scroll down and resubscribe to any that I'm missing. I also don't delete the e-mails until I'm sure I've clicked n it, which will resubscribe. A good idea though none the less

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KRAWRS 11/15/2010 11:53AM

    In total agreement!

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DEESJOURNEY2FIT 11/15/2010 11:44AM

    I agree! I get like one or two messages then no more! They go into abyss!

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NEDERLUNG 11/15/2010 10:40AM

    I am in total agreement and found myself involuntarily unsubscribed when I noticea blog (which isn't easy) in my friend feed. I have come to check on my friends regularly and also often click the "By Email" button, even if I think I am subscribed. Big SparkPeople blunder here. BIG!

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