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Tightening the purse strings

Saturday, September 27, 2008

It's 1 am and I can't sleep. Too much on my mind. First off, for anyone reading this... just a warning that this blog will have nothing whatsoever to do with weight loss or food. Except for maybe emotional eating.

Today, I found out that someone close to me lost his job this week. This person is very smart, very much respected among his colleagues and clients, and overall among the best in his profession (in my eyes anyway and in many others' too). The sad truth is that there is no job security anymore, if there ever really was such a thing. Business is business after all. You can be the best, smartest, most responsible employee ever. Nothing is guaranteed.

Anyway, DH and I have been living on one income for a while now. (Because of me. I decided to quit my job over a year ago and have been taking my time looking for another.) But thankfully (I'm so grateful and knocking on wood) DH has a good job and we've been able to make do. But our economy is in dire straits. I watched the presidential debate tonight, and for the first time since I've been old enough to vote I'm not only apprehensive but downright frightened about the state of our country.

I don't know if I will be able to find a job anytime soon. Is anyone really going to be hiring right now? I don't even want to think about what is in store for us in terms of the housing and job markets here in the U.S. I don't believe the worst is behind us. Will we be able to sell our house in a year? Will we continue to be able to afford gas and groceries and everyday expenses? And what is going on with our health care system? It's quite a mess. But I digress.

For the past few months I have been trying to think of ways to tighten up the purse strings. Groceries are through the roof. There are only two of us, yet for some crazy reason it costs $40 for 4 little bags of food. That is just a small trip for a few odds and ends. A typical trip to the store costs at least $150!! Usually more. Yes, for 2 people.

Like many women, I love to shop. I love getting manicures and pedicures. I love new clothes. I love expensive makeup. I love getting my hair done. I love going out to eat and out for drinks. But I've realized that, especially now, these are luxuries that I don't NEED.

This is how I am saving money:
- I am clipping coupons like a fiend and shopping around for deals. However, once I started eating better and cleaner I realized most of the coupons are for junk that I don't need anyway. But they are still good for some things, such as non-food items.
- I got some of my bigger clothes tailored instead of buying all new clothes since I've lost weight. This was expensive too, but I'd like to think I saved at least a little bit.
- I have not really been clothes shopping in a long time. I mostly just browse in less expensive stores such as Kohls and Target and also the consignment store near my house.
- I nixed the manis and pedis. I'm not going to be wearing sandals much longer anyway. And I can hopefully maintain my nails myself. I'll do my best.
- DH and I have seriously cut down on our restaurant and bar outings. Good for the wallet AND the waistline.
- A couple weeks ago, I colored my hair myself for the first time ever. Unfortunately, the color didn't "take" as well as I expected. Next time I will try a darker shade and leave it in longer. But paying $7 instead of $85 at the salon is totally worth a few mistakes in the beginning. I can afford to mess up and fix it once or twice and still come out ahead.
- I've been getting books and DVDs from the library. And I'll never stop receiving my beloved Shape and Real Simple, but I will probably not renew my other magazines and instead, get those from the library, too.
- Signed up for a simple Netflix subscription. Cheaper than Blockbuster.
- I haven't been 100% successful on the makeup front ... yet. I did buy some drugstore foundation (Cover Girl True Blend) and it works just fine. (Did you know that Ellen Degeneres is the newest Cover Girl? Go girl!) I am still on the lookout for a good drugstore cleanser, as well as daytime and nighttime moisturizers and a decent shampoo that won't fade color-treated hair. So far, no luck with those, but they must exist -- right??

Anyone else out there saving money? If so, how are you doing it?

$1,000 for a 1.7-oz. face cream? Seriously?

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ROBYNEGG 10/1/2008 7:23PM

    Oh yes, I am nervous! So much so I've been eating too many carbs the last few days listening to the media sending everyone into a Great Depression panic! LOL My husband and I haven't been on a vacation in a couple of years now, and we probably won't be going anytime soon! It's a monthly struggle since I'm the breadwinner and it does make me very nervous!!!! I joke with my mom that we need to buy a big house and all move in together, but reality is, if this economy goes south even further, that may just happen! I too shop for my clothes (and my daugther's) at the second hand shops now, amazing what great stuff you can find that looks hardly worn or still has tags on it brand new... and Kohl's, Target, etc. Target always has great clearance selection too if you frequent there enough! LOL I spend a lot more time meal planning now to stretch out those grocery bills every is rough, but just like the good times, nothing lasts forever so I'm trying to remember this is just a bump in the road (while I stuff my face with bread and carbs!) LOL

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    Is anyone hiring? Yes. Canada is. We are screaming for workers. That said, I expect our economy to take a downturn when Americans stop buying our raw and manufactured goods.

I've been on a super-tight budget for most of my adult life. I've put two husbands through university on my income -- obviously my first investment didn't pay off LOL -- and that income really isn't big enough for a family. The five of us do without a lot.

- no honeymoon or trips anywhere but to see family
- very little prepared foods and eating out is rare; we cook real food
- entertaining is "tea" after supper, not dinner parties
- no cable or satellite tv
- home hair colour, no manis or pedis ever; long hair and cuts just twice a year for me
- no contact lenses for me
- makeup and skin care products are gifts I request for special occasions, but I've found budget brands I love
- Cover Girl powder, Marcelle tinted moisturizer, Rimmel and Cover Girl lipstick, Maybelline and CG mascara
- Neutrogena or Dove cleanser
- L’Oreal or Oil of Olay moisturizer
- Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shiny shampoo
- Clairol Natural Instincts home hair colour once a month
-- buy on sale and stock up
- second hand clothes or sales only
- entertainment is trips to the park, picnics, walks in the river valley, visiting friends, window shopping, art galleries, festivals, anything that is free
- Freecycle, Craigslist and hand-me-down stuff
- no memberships anywhere
- I workout at home; walking is free and people do give away equipment

I could go on and on. Money doesn't buy happiness. It can make you fat or lazy, though. ;-) Being on a budget brings out resourcefulness.


EDITED for spelling. :-)

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ZIRCADIA 9/30/2008 9:42PM

    Sounds like we do a lot of the same things to save money. Library, Netflix, no mani's pedi's or expensive salon hair stuffs.... although the last few items have never been a regular for me (or EVER on the mani/pedi's to be honest), it's still money saved. :) I dunno if you do this already with shopping for food, but buying in larger amounts, cooking in batches and freezing food is a good way to save, as well as cooking in general. More from scratch and less from premade. Maybe start biking everywhere? :D hehehe I wish that was feasible for me. Or any public transportation... but here in AL it's a no go on both.

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MUSTANGAMORE 9/30/2008 12:37PM

    Wow, you are reading my mind! I am thinking of ways to save money also, however part of me feels if we don't shop and such we are keeping others from earning $ also...

My job is related to the construction industry so it is very worrisome...

I thought your hair looked great-was that the do it yourself???

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JEN_MI. 9/30/2008 9:20AM

    Hey Tweety. Funny - I just started coloring my own hair, too. Dark definitely works better, but beware of anything labeled "auburn." In drugstore-hair-color-speak, that means "purple."

I swear by Cetaphil cleanser and Oil of Olay moisturizer. I know - ridiculously old school (my husband calls me "Grandma" when I climb into bed freshly moisturized) - but maybe worth a try.

I've been bad about keeping up with Spark and tracking, but I'm recommiting to it today. Your new pic is great - including your abs!

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PUPPYWHISPERS 9/29/2008 7:08PM

    I too am frightened about the state of the economy and the country. I can't imagine what it's like to be looking for a job right now. I don't think there is any such thing as job security anymore, which is very sad.

Thank you for the money saving tips. I'm finding myself a bit frustrated that I worked so hard to lose weight, and now I have to buy new clothes. There was a time when I would have enjoyed shopping, but now I worry about shopping.

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PEBBLES-2008 9/27/2008 9:33PM

    Glad to know that I'm not the only one worried about the state of the economy. With the high gas prices, I make lists of exactly what I need and try to consolidate my trips to the stores on the weekend.

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MOM2ACAT 9/27/2008 8:43PM

    I've always been a coupon clipper, a habit I learned from my mom.
I also take advantage of the rebates that Walgreens and Rite Aid have; they have a new booklet each month, and you can enter your information in online, no reciepts to mail in. They both usually have a few items that are 'free after rebate'; and you can use manufacterer coupons on them when you buy them, saving even more money!

I did really good with my August Walgreens rebates; I got $59.10 back; most of that stuff was 'free after rebate'!

I also try to plan my meals for the week around what meat and produce is on sale at the store. I like to stock up on chicken when it's on sale and freeze it in smaller portion sizes.

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MELINKY 9/27/2008 5:32PM

    I'm lucky enough to stay home as well. With a young son still in the home I would hate it if I had to work again.
The quickest way to lower groceries is to avoid prepackaged items, including meat and dairy. But a lot of people aren't willing to do this. Last year I caluculated our groceries was $40 average for a week. Not bad since I wasn't trying. Next year we're planting a garden. Mainly because I didn't like the issues with the FDA; the tomatoes and peppers this year.
There are companies hiring right now. My husband just recently hired someone for their company; a furniture manufacturing company.
Other ways to pinch pennies are cutting SOS pads in half, cutting dryer sheets in fourths, using less detergent per wash load, etc. Good luck!

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HUGS2015 9/27/2008 11:04AM

    I am back in the job market myself so I can relate to your feelings on the job search. We have tightened our belt on our expenses as well.
One of the good web sites I found is www.betterbudgeting,com/frugalrecip
Also there is a place called Angel Food Ministries that anyone can make use of regardless of income. Several people at my sisters work use it and it is helpful. Good for you on being prudent now when you can do lots of thing to help your budget. Keep up the good work and I'm praying for you to get a well paying job...and one for me too! emoticon emoticon

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STARTSPARKING 9/27/2008 6:36AM

    No, there is definitely no such things as job security anymore, not in today's economy. That's why I am not planning on any major home projects or vacations. I have to be more conservative with my money. Our current economy scares me also. First it was the price of gas going up. Then I notice drastic price hikes in grocery. The sight of all the foreclosed homes in my neighborhood is so depressing. Now the government's bailout plan?! Wow... We are definitely in a major recession. There are already predictions on how bleak the holiday season will be for retailers.

I used to be a big coupon clipper but haven't done much of that lately. You're right that most coupons are for processed food. There are no coupons for healthier food like produce and lean meats. I just try to catch those on sale and tailor my meal plans around them. Good for you for getting your bigger clothes tailored instead of buying new clothes. Not only do you save some money, it also reduces waste (unless you make conscious efforts to donate your used clothes).

One of my major money-saving tip is drinking filtered tap water. The stainless steel water bottle is not cheap, but it really paid for itself quickly because I'm not buying bottled water. It's good for the environment and good for my health. That can reduce the need for other expensive, calorie-laden drinks such as soda and java from coffee house.

Ooh, another tip is doing monthly drugstore rebates, as long as you are not brand loyal. I haven't paid for toiletries such as toothpastes, shampoos, body wash, etc. for a couple of years because these items are free after rebate.

Good luck with your job search, and thanks for sharing your money-saving tips!

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That last stubborn pound

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

One pound. No big deal, right? When we gain a pound we think "It's okay. It's JUST a pound. A one-pound gain is not noticeable anyway." When we lose a pound, we think "So what?? It's ONLY one pound."

Well, I'm going to have to disagree with this conventional wisdom. I have one pound to lose. Just one pound. And I will be at GOAL. It's been more than a year and a half. It's time for me to end this weight-loss journey and start maintenance. I'm READY!

Problem is, this last pound is hanging on for dear life. It doesn't want to go. I tell it not to worry, that it will be in a better place once it leaves me. It's not convinced. It's quite content to stay right where it is.

I've realized that polite hints just won't work. I am going to have to be tough. Shove it out the door and tell it to never come back. Banish it from my life forever.

Pound: Your days are numbered!

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SSANFORD1 9/29/2008 9:48PM

    If you add resistance training in addition to cardio to your weekly workout, that pound will come off in no time. Not to mention the added plus of building bone mass.

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ZIRCADIA 9/26/2008 6:30PM

    :) GO GIRL GO!!!! I decided to go into maintenance when I was less than a lb away. I was not at goal yet. My goal was going to be the new bottom of my 5lb maintenance range -- 165 of my 165-170 range. Anyway. I started maintenance, and then hit 165 a couple weeks later. Since then it's gone back up, but I'm in the middle of my range.

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JOYINRUNNING08 9/25/2008 9:11AM

    That's right, you show that pound who's boss!

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STARTSPARKING 9/25/2008 2:46AM

    After losing more than 40 pounds on SP (plus 7 prior to joining), I was just TWO pounds away from my goal. Then I got comfortable and subconsciously convinced myself it's just vanity weight. What happened? I gained SEVEN pounds back. I've been working hard to lose those pesky pounds again and am now four pounds from my goal weight. We can never rest on our laurels, huh?

You are such an inspiration for all that you have accomplished. Let's push a bit harder to reach our goal! emoticon

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SPARKNMOM 9/24/2008 4:21PM



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    You know, I get my best results -- with most everything -- when I get angry. So you stay angry at that pound and get it gone, girl!


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SAYRAH-M 9/24/2008 1:58PM

    THERE you go POUND, AWAY!!

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MELINKY 9/24/2008 12:21PM

    LOL ! Cute blog!
Good-bye pound!


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Skinny Bitch

Friday, September 19, 2008

I recently finished reading "Skinny Bitch" and I was not impressed at all. The book does bring up some good points about nutrition but nothing that I didn't already know.
I'm no prude, but this book was unnecessarily vulgar. But I guess that is its shtick. After all, if you don't have something new to say and just want to rehash what's already out there, you need SOMETHING to get people's attention.
Well, I guess I am not cut out to be a Skinny Bitch. That's OK. I'd rather be a Skinny Nice Person.
Not worth it. Glad I got it from the library for free.
Edited to add: Yes, I agree. The one GOOD thing about this book is that it opens people's eyes to the cruelty animals go through to become our meals. But surely there are better books out there that are focused on that topic. I sure hope so.

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STARTSPARKING 9/25/2008 2:49AM

    I guess the author was going for the shock value to get the buyers' attention. I guess the gimmick didn't work with you because she didn't give you any information you didn't already have. Thanks for the review.

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CHARVONNE30 9/24/2008 12:31PM

    Unlike you I actually purchased the book and hate that I did and wouldn't recommend it to anyone...I also purchased Eating Clean and found it to be a much better read and more helpful than being cursed out in a book.

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ROBYNEGG 9/24/2008 8:47AM

    Thanks for the heads up on that one, I'm not tempted to go out and read it now !! If you come across any others that are good reads about eating healthy, let us know !! emoticon

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HUGS2015 9/23/2008 12:54AM

    That seems to be the name of the game these days, the more shocking the book title the better! Glad you gave an honest critique of the book. The name alone turned me off and I am glad to know that in this case the books' content matched its sleazy cover! There are too many good, wholesome books out there to waste time on this one.
Thanks for a great blog!

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JEN_MI. 9/22/2008 3:41PM

    I'm so glad to hear this was your reaction! I happened to spot it while browsing at Border's and remembered that you were planning to pick it up and use it as motivation. I flipped through it, but it seemed both extreme and unnecessarily nasty. I thought I'd look at it again at the library, but I wasn't going to pay $15 for it. Glad I didn't!

Thanks for stopping by my page before the weekend. I've been awol for the past few days - I really need to get back onto SP and the food tracker. I haven't been terrible, but I haven't been great, either. Did you have a good weekend? The weather was beautiful here, so I felt compelled to take advantage of it: lots of porch sitting. We went to a theme party - invent your own superhero! - Saturday night. I spent all day Saturday hot-gluing grapes and corks onto belts and wristbands made of vinyl - we were Wonder Wino Twins. We had capes, masks, even rings. Silly but fun.

So what's new with you? How's the WNTW challenge going? I wanted to participate - I even got a new haircut and color within the first couple days so I would have earned some good bonus points! - but I wasn't able to log on for a couple days and fell hopelessly behind tracking my food. I hate to track at all if I can't track absolutely every morsel - otherwise I'm sure I'm underestimating and giving myself an undeserved sense of accomplishment. Weird? Anyway, hope you had a great weekend and are staying on track like the rock star you are!

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BLUEGREENGIRL 9/20/2008 6:13PM

I had thought about getting that book, I am glad that I didn't. I am currently reading Quantum Wellness.

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JULIEN* 9/20/2008 1:01AM

    I completely agree. I'd much rather read Michael Polan.

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MELINKY 9/19/2008 8:22PM

    I thought the beginning of the book was funny; until they got into their "ethical" and "political" slant and started shoving it down my throat. There wasn't much in this book that I didn't know already either, but on a fluke I did try and go dairy free for two weeks. AND this is the only thing that worked for me in losing weight! So for that, I am grateful I read the book. If I hadn't tried it, I'd still be losing those frustrating two pounds and gaining them back every TOM. (which is what happened for two years)

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KARALVS2SCRAP 9/19/2008 7:51PM

    I am so with you here! I really don't to care to hear or read profanity. Not my cup of tea. I have In Defense of Food- great book. I also like Tosca Reno's books too. I always check new books out of the library first.

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ZIRCADIA 9/19/2008 7:05PM

    Yes -- I'm so glad I didn't buy this book. I did check out their cookbook from the library to get some recipes, the ones I've tried were really great, but I didn't even like the way they wrote in the little intros and descriptions. It's just annoying to me -- definitely like a schtick and one I don't find amusing. So woohoo. Glad you got it for free for sure. :) I'm excited about a book I just picked up from the library today. A friend wrote about reading it -- I haven't started yet. It's called In Defense of Food. I'll let you know if I like it. :)

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ELFITZPA 9/19/2008 3:55PM

    I'm totally against anything as extreme as this book, it's just no feasible for most people. And it just seems to smug and self-impressed. No thank you! I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels this way!

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PIGLETSMALL 9/19/2008 1:55PM

    I've not heard of the book but I will heed your warning. Yes, It's much better to be a nice skinny person than a bitch! lol!

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COWENDYS00 9/19/2008 11:15AM

    I bought the book on a whim, I hadn't heard anything about it. I have finished it, nice quick read, but not overly impressed.
Only thing that has stuck with me after reading the book, 'you are what you eat'.
Beside, at the end the girls even wrote reasons why the wrote the book and they don't want to work a 9-5 job. (Me either!)

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 9/19/2008 11:08AM

    I'm back! Have you read or heard anything about these books? They've piqued my interest on the Chapters web site:

An Apple a Day - Joe Schwartz

Diet for a New World - John Robbins

The Eat Clean Diet - Tosca Reno

The China Study - T. Collin Campbell

Nourishing Traditions - Sally Fallon

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 9/19/2008 10:59AM

    Our libary has a waiting list for the book and I'm on it. All they have on the shelf is the cook book. Have you peeked at that? Glad to hear I don't have to waste my time on the book. Thanks for taking the plunge for me. I have other books I must read for work, but I really want a good book for myself.


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JLITT62 9/19/2008 10:32AM

    I agree that I wasn't real impressed with the book, altho I think much of the message is good. The funny thing is, there have been lots of negative comments about the cookbook -- but I love it! Pretty much every recipe I've made from it has been delicious.

Altho it's been a while since I read it, I also remember that I felt there was definitely some misinformation in there as well. These girls aren't nutritionists, after all.

However, some people have no clue how animals are treated in slaughterhouses, and if it opens their eyes to that, amen.

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What's the deal?

Friday, September 12, 2008

I know this blog might hurt some people's feelings (and that is not my intent) but I can't take it anymore. It's at the point where I'm offended.

What is the deal with all the religion on this site? This morning, there was a new post in one of my teams titled "Today's scripture reading." Is this a weight loss Web site or a place of worship?

There are so many times when I come on to a message board and the topic has nothing at all to do with religion, yet someone finds a way to make it so.

There are plenty of Spark teams with religious themes. To me, that seems to be a more appropriate place for these posts. NOT a general nutrition or fitness message board or a team about, say, favorite cereals (I just made that up) ! :)

I have friends of many different faiths. And some who choose not to be religious. I would never impose my religious beliefs on them, and would not want them to do it to me.

Likewise, I just wish some people on this site would respect the fact that not everybody is the same religion as they are, and not everybody shares their views. It's insensitive, not to mention self-righteous, to impose one's religious beliefs on others.

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JEN_MI. 9/14/2008 9:45PM

    Yes! When I first started SP, I was a little scared off by all the invocations of Jesus. The first group I joined was Separation of Church and Weight -- great title, but unfortunately not a super active group. I guess I've gotten used to it - and just tried to steer clear of Sparkers who are out to convert - but you're absolutely right. I know this is horrible, but sometimes I want to ask: "Hey, where was Jesus when you were GAINING all that weight?"

Clearly, I'm going straight to hell.

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YUKONCHICK 9/14/2008 7:04PM

    I totally agree with you. It's one of the big reasons I left a very large spark team - one of the 'stickies' was a Prayer Chain. And the prayers were all Christian, which I felt excluded a lot of people. I felt the stickies should be for diet/fitness threads, and got in some arguments with the team's leadership.

So, I started my own Spark Group - Go The Distance Challenge Team. And one of the biggies, for me, is that it is open to everyone - regardless of religion, age, weight, etc. I made it clear from the first that there would be no Prayer Chains nor multi-daily-chat threads. Just business, with some sharing and caring en route.

As a Christian (Catholic) myself, I don't prosyletize. I don't need to Bible Thump to live my own life. The best way I can 'show others' is by living my own life as best I can, without making others feel small or inadequate in the process. I feel it is rude and obnoxious to others, and disrespectful to those who may not have the same beliefs.

When I started my GTD team, I found that there are 250 teams with religious themes. That's fair, because people know it when they join those teams. But in other teams - like the 50+ team I used to go to - it seemed to creep in everywhere....from signatures, to huddles, to Sticky prayer chains.

Currently, for instance, in the Go The Distance challenge team, I started a thread to discuss 'holiday coping strategies' since so many upcoming holidays involve FOOD and could spell disaster for our diets. I decided not to limit the discussion to just Christmas, but include Hannukah and Dwahli, etc. as well. Just to show I want our team to be inclusive.

It helps that I've traveled a lot to lands with different religions, and I've actually got a degree in religious history (which is how I got my start writing articles...). One of my trips was to the Holy Land, which gave me an understanding beyond what books can teach. I'm able to see that we're all more alike than different. I just don't have to rub the difference in others' noses.

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BLONDEGIRL10 9/14/2008 6:21PM

    I happen to like Raisin Bran but, I stay away from cereal because of the carbs??!!
Babe, I hear you! I understand everyone has a different perspective on faith and I try not to ever talk religion or force my feelings on anyone. NOT COOL!

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JULIEN* 9/13/2008 3:21AM

    I can completly relate. I just not a religious person (but I think it is totally cool if someone is) and sometimes people are just WAY over the top with sharing their religion. In this one thread, a girl was asking for help with an ED and a lot of people were like "pray." They didn't even stop to think that she might not be religious or maybe she might need a little more than to pray about the situation. I just think it is totally thoughtless to assume that someone holds (or should hold) your religous beliefs. I'm glad you blogged about this topic because it helps me to feel like I'm not the only person who can sometimes get frustrated this. : )

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STARTSPARKING 9/12/2008 8:15PM

    I try to take the situation on an individual basis. Some of my SP friends have asked for prayers, so that's what I offer along with my thoughts. For those I'm not sure, I just offer my thoughts and positive energy. The most important thing is I try to be sensitive and respectful. I guess that's really the bottom line.

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ZIRCADIA 9/12/2008 3:54PM

    Yeah -- I don't mind if it's on someone's own blog/page or in a team related to religion, but to me it's a bit over the top in other settings. AND I'M A RELIGIOUS PERSON!!! I have strong religious beliefs, but I guess I'm just more personal and private about it and when others are fitting it in between every other sentence it does make me feel a bit uncomfortable.

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MELINKY 9/12/2008 11:41AM

    I tried to respond earlier, but kept getting bumped off. Not sure what is going on. But there's a lot of hoolabaloo going on as far as censoring goes, but don't hold your breath that it will include the religious aspects of posts.
Like you I feel it should be delegated to specific boards or their own page.
Do becareful of what you post.

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 9/12/2008 11:24AM

    As a moderate, some-times-practicing Christian, I can argue a few sides of this issue. For some people, being religious (or a parent, a vegetarian, a sales rep, gay, etc.) is an essential part of their identity and something they want to shout from the rooftops. They cannot -- or choose not to -- remove it from any disussion of their life. That's not me, as far as religion goes, but I "get it" because I "get" being a mom, I "get" being a crazy cat lady, and I "get" being a healthy person who is loosing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

I tend to evangelize my Spark People lifestyle and I'm sure I offend some people here, at home and at work. No one likes a "born again" anything. No one likes a nag, either. But sometimes we are so happy and in love with our life that we just can't help it. We aren't always careful with what we say or do when we are in love. We just want everyone to know it, whether they care or not.

I admire the way some people love their life. I hope others admire the way I love my weight loss and nutrition program, whether or not they care to join me on this journey or not.


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JOYINRUNNING08 9/12/2008 9:14AM

    I agree with you completely.

But it's also a public board where people can post really whatever they like. Also, I think that people don't realize how many boards it posts on.

That being said, some faiths are really driven by sharing. That's another option.

I hope I don't sound like TOO much of a devil's advocate. :)

I'm now reading this and thinking-The question was probably meant as rhetorical. Oops.

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ASTER2606 9/12/2008 8:56AM

    I'm right there with you. I don't know that I've gone so far as being offended, but I've certainly been uncomfortable reading posts with strong religious overtones on teams where the topics I expect to see are weight loss and certain types of food or weight loss and some other particular interest.

That said, I still think posts of that nature, though I don't want to read them, are probably less intrusive than say having that person in the office or cubicle next to you at work and trying to bring their faith into the office.

As always, your post was thoughtful and I hope everyone takes it that way. It is after all your blog!

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The Aurelia FitFlop

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

OK, there's been a lot of talk about FitFlops today - first in the Daily Spark and also on my What Not to Wear Fans team.

For those who don't know what they are, FitFlops are these, well, flip-flops that claim to give you a bit of a leg workout when you wear them. I first heard about them last year and was curious. They seem to have quite a following! People have said that they are so comfortable, you can walk around in them forever. As for the fitness benefit, some say they actually help a little bit, though they're not a replacement for exercise.

I saw them one day, months ago, at Bath and Body Works, looked at them, tried them on and ultimately decided they were not for me--especially not for $50!

Now... to get to the point of this blog: The styles I saw looked like typical flip-flops. But today, I went to their Web site and came across a new breed of FitFlop: The Aurelia!! See pic above.

I have no problem with the regular FitFlops. Many people swear by them. I say, if you like them: Own them, wear them, love them!!

But the Aurelia? HUH??? What the heck are these things? When I saw them I knew I had to blog about them.

I'm glad I'm not a copywriter for this company, because I don't know how to describe these. I'm speechless. I think I need to send this picture to Jay Leno or Ellen to use on their shows.

The FitFlop Web site describes them as "a gorgeous, corseted, gladiator inspired, hybrid FitFlop boot."
Hurry... limited quantities available!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

BLUEGREENGIRL 9/20/2008 6:20PM

    I have always been curious about the original fit flops... but I can't imagine anyone wearing those!

I have heard that Earth Shoes have the same technology (and are more attractive).

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ROBYNEGG 9/18/2008 8:15PM

    That is hysterical! It's like "let's wear a parka with no sleeves!" LOL! Thanks for the smile today!!! emoticon

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STARTSPARKING 9/12/2008 8:32PM

    "a gorgeous, corseted, gladiator inspired, hybrid FitFlop boot..." Hmm... Flip flop + tennis shoes from the 80's, + boot top = ???? If I were ever going to wear them, I'd only do so eating a turducken... with my feet hidden underneath the tablecloth!

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ANNE7777 9/11/2008 5:50PM

    LMAO--Fugly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hee hee Peace--Anne

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ZIRCADIA 9/10/2008 8:43PM

    WOW... those look like some crazy post-apocolyptic mad max nonsense. :) HAHAHAHAHA. In that sense, I kind of like them... but not as part of anything but a costume.

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PUPPYWHISPERS 9/10/2008 6:40PM

    My motto is...if I can't figure out how to put them on, I don't buy them.

Those are really ugly, and I promise to laugh at anyone I see wearing them. emoticon

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2NEWSTARTAGAIN 9/10/2008 4:32PM

    Those are some funny looking

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ASTER2606 9/10/2008 4:29PM

    If I was a copywriter at that company, I'm pretty sure I'd be fired. Sure I can see the boot reference and the gladiator sandal reference, but those things make Birkenstocks look attractive. I love my Birkenstocks, but pretty they are not.

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MELINKY 9/10/2008 2:56PM

    I learned when I was little that "If I can't say something nice...
don't say anything at all."

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    I won't be wearing them. LOL

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IAMPREACHER 9/10/2008 2:47PM

    Just when you thought you'd seen it all!

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