Wednesday, May 25, 2011
As if I needed a new reason to lose weight, here is something I have not come across yet, until today:
If nothing else, it is an interesting theory. I like the connection that weight loss will improve my memory (now where did I leave the house keys again?). The converse is a bit scarier: What in obesity is causing "brain damage" (the study's words, not mine, surely), in the first place?
I'm going to add that to my list of reasons of why I am working on losing 145 pounds, total. Have you come up with a list of reasons of all the positive benefits for losing the weight yet? Quite a few Sparklers have cited this motivator already, so I honestly cannot take any credit for it, but I do like the idea a lot. Each reason equals one pound gone.
Let's get that list going!
Saturday, May 21, 2011
I was thinking yesterday how "The End Of The World" as we know it, is supposedly coming today. This definitely is not in my schedule, and especially not now: We have great theater tickets for a Broadway show in June, and I still would like to lose a decent amount before that celebration night.
So what DOES one eat, for the last day on earth? I still think eating a healthful low calorie breakfast is key for setting the calories for the rest of the day. Cereal for me is the best option that I have found. It keeps the calories at around 150 and allows for using a lot for the other two meals. To get the veggies in, I LOVE salads for lunch. It's colorful, it's refreshing, and 2-4 ounces of protein, makes it filling. That allows for the bulk of the calories to go for dinner: Fish or lean meat.
And if tomorrow does indeed come, I will not replenish the pantry with empty calories. I'm going to drink more water, have more fruit (for the sugar cravings that stress brings), and stick to what I started.
I refuse to fall off this plan, ESPECIALLY today. I'm going to be optimistic and stick to the plan, EVEN today.
What do you have planned for the last day on earth?
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
This is going to be short, sweet, and to the point: Every now and again, when we see something woefully wrong and out of place, it is heartening to see that sometimes, the universe gets it right and "self-corrects".
Even in SP land, what this past week has shown us is, that when something goes awry, it can, indeed, be fixed. The take home here is that bullying of any sort, be it out there in the real world or here in the cyberuniverse, will not be tolerated, and will be exposed for the vile, secretive, inappropriate behavior that it is.
And I promise you, that every time it rears its ugly head, there is now a greater unified force that will beat it back, under that rock, where it belongs.
Bullies, consider yourselves, warned.
Monday, May 16, 2011
I usually start my mornings with SparkPeople, idly spinning the SP wheel. After racking up my points for the day, my next stop is to check out the daily blogs. Today was not a good morning. To my horror I noticed my profile staring at me as one of the popular blogs for the day. This never was my intention.
I came to SparkPeople like everyone else here: I needed something to change my "wicked, wicked ways", or I certainly would hurtle into oblivion. My own internist had told me that my body "was starting to complain", and hitting me back with the beginnings of high blood pressure and, for good measure, a pre-diabetic state.
Comparing this site with the "other" popular, PAYING sites, I could see that the structure was very similar, but goodness! It was created as a FREE site! Now, what can be wrong with that? Chris Downie has dedicated himself to maintaining this site as he originally envisioned it: FREE.
As we all know from the Motivational Pages as well as from other bloggers, many have achieved success and are maintaining it BECAUSE of the untiring work of Chris and his team. It really shouldn't have to be said (and some apparently do need the reminder), but they really do deserve our appreciation, thanks, and recognition for what they have created here.
Unfortunately, it seems, that for the past week or so, because of a very negative situation, many have chosen to take keyboard in hand to leave notes on the SP Guy's site, complaining loudly and, I must add, in unseemly terms, how they felt about that situation. This, from where I am sitting, is really unfair. And yet it seems that this situation has taken on a life of its own, and is veering us off in a direction that has NOTHING to do with health, lifestyle changes, exercise, weight loss and maintenance (for those blessed to have arrived at the Holy Grail already).
I see from my own Friend Feed that that individual is still active on SP, still leaving encouragement for people she is in contact with. I admire her continued dedication to helping others. For those that miss her daily blog postings, enough people have provided the links where they can still be found.
Let's take a moratorium on this situation and allow the SP team to work it out with the blogger, and let's rededicate ourselves to the REAL task of why we are here in the first place: Adopting a newer, healthier lifestyle.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Something occurred today that has deeply troubled me: One of the most popular bloggers on this site, one who has truly motivated many, with over 4,000 followers, felt impelled to leave this site.
This is the second instance in as many weeks wherein certain blogs had to be modified to conform to the opinion, seemingly, of the offended few. In the other instance, I actually understood the reasoning behind all the x'ed out thoughts: It, frankly, was racist, albeit directed by the author to the author herself. It, too, caused an uproar from well-meaning individuals supporting the blogger.
But today's instance was totally different: It seemed to involve, as far as I could tell, some well-published web pictures from other sites that, although not pornographic in any true sense of the word, might have offended a few. In the context of weight loss and exercise, it really did not seem inappropriate. But that is my own opinion.
What strikes me as disturbing, is there seems to be a group, hopefully small, of individuals who feel impelled to troll this site, lurking in the background, cloaked in anonymity, hiding behind a computer screen, gathering data to report to the "powers that be", of anything they perceive as "inappropriate." Now, mind you, these folks are not being paid for these "services". They do it of their own volition.
I would like to know when did this site become a forum, seemingly, to "study" the "inappropriate" nature of others' postings? Isn't this site predicated on the fact that there are many here seeking the support of others, as they embark on a major lifestyle change to reach a healthier conclusion, as opposed to the way they have been living in the past? Wasn't that the idea?
How does an individual with well over 4,000 followers become such a threat, on a regular basis, to a handful, who obviously have some deep-seated need to have this incredibly large group conform to their own way of thinking? When did SP become about this elite group?
I really feel that some should re-examine their reason for being here and what their true motives are. Some serious introspection is in order here. It's truly a shame that such an incredible and popular role model (ergo the title, "Can 4,000 People Truly Be Wrong?") who served as a beacon for many, by her own example, is now gone from the site.
Let me ask a question of these shadowy individuals: Did this action on your part to report this person's blog, help you exercise today? Are you now better equipped to lose weight, now that she is gone? Why exactly are you on this site?
I seriously think you need to take a good, long hard look at yourself (or "yourselves" if you are more than one person), and re-examine exactly what kind of a new life you want for yourself. And can you attain it, without making it at the expense of another individual who has done you no harm and has actually helped motivate many?
Something to think about.
Addendum: How ironic that the two most popular blogs for today are both written by this person. Now what does that tell you? And what is even more ironic, anyone wanting to read the posting cannot reach it because "the member does not exist." Have we crossed over into Alice's mirror world? Does any of this make any sense at all?
One final remark: It occurred to me after I wrote this, that once the blogs went private some time ago, at the discretion of the author, any person wanting to continue reading the blogs had to "friend" the author. That being said, it is now blatantly obvious that one of these "fans" was, in fact, the one that did her in. How sad is that? Where is the PSA for adults who bully their peers?
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