Wednesday, May 08, 2013
MOSTMOM1 recently had a videoblog about her WooHoo game...
And of course, I haven't asked her yet (Shelli, are you reading this??) whether she made up a whole bunch of WooHoo cards all at once, or if she cuts each one out at the time she decides she has a WooHoo to write out and put into Captain WooHoo Jar.
But...I thought, hmmm maybe I could make a WooHoo card template out of my prehistoric Word program and then get some nice SparkPeople colored papers (you know, red, orange, green, blue), to print out some pages of this template, cut them out, and then when I have a WooHoo I want to save, I will already have some slips of paper ready to Write and WooHoo on!
Of course, my template will have to be black and white, because I'm still a Luddite and only have a black and white laser printer. Thus, my idea of using the "colored paper" as a cheat. I suppose it could be done in such a way that people could print it in colored ink, but that's between you and your printer. And your pocketbook. For that matter, I haven't looked at the price of colored papers lately. Hmmm Well they do go on sale every so often...
Let's see if I can bring up my Word Document as a link... and maybe I should do it as .pdf as well??
Ohhh well, hmmm maybe not. The uploader says it "must be an image." Hmmm What to do?
Okay, so I've taken a screen print of my Word Document Template, as an end run. Now you can see this as a miniature of my suggestion. It really needs professional help, and the official SparkPeople gurus can maybe doctor it up and work their magic and include it as one of the community tools. Hopefully that, and not a Cease-and-Desist Order from their corporate lawyer, offering to meet me at the Court. Ehhh...
So, I saved it as a .JPG image. Here goes:
So, think of this as a sketch of my idea - but in "real life" it prints out in landscape orientation on Standard Letter Size paper 8.5"x11" (USA standards, which I realize are warped, compared to International paper sizing standards. Sorry!).
I wasn't bright enough to figure out how to minimize the SparkPeople logo that I swiped and make it lower right corner flush, kind of like the SparkPeople "You've Been Sparked" cards, which you can see here:
Anyway, that's my thought for the day, but I'm fading fast. I may have to edit this later. My husband just came home, the dog just came inside, and the teenager is driving me up the wall. Time to go for a walk!!
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Just walked up 10 flights of steps - up and downstairs on the stairs to my Mom's basement. Was just under 10 minutes under FitBit activity timer. But in SparkPeople activity tracker on my Iphone app, there is no listing for "climbing stairs" Mom's staircase has a slightly shallower "rise" for their steps (my step-dad built it to his specs and he had Charcot-Marie-Tooth syndrome and he couldn't lift his feet that high - so their staircase has 16 steps, not the usual 13-14 steps.). There is a listing for "StairMaster" machine but only for minutes - nothing to indicate how many flights I went. Was breathing hard tho - got distracted so not sure what my heart rate was, but was at least 130+, pretty sure of that!! Pant pant!
Any case, I don't believe I am racking up the minutes of exercise that FitBit claims I am. Flattering to think that, but the bottom line doesn't match my bottom end...
Friday, April 19, 2013
I've been looking up some websites trying to find the transcript to a lecture I attended, to forward to some friends who were recently diagnosed with various mental disorders - one has schizophrenia, some others have bipolar and ADHD etc. So I am basically using this as my "notepad". I may be "NYD" on some sort of mental diagnoses as I am frequently called "crazy", and I do have various family members on both sides of my family with various diagnoses. However, ever since attending a seminar here in town years ago, I have noticed that I do better and seem more connected when I increase my healthy foods and even some extra supplements, and decrease or quit junk food all together. But, it's all too easy to relapse and have that pop or bag of cookies or ice cream etc. I need to be more carefully to document what I eat and how I feel afterwards.
For now I want to paste in some web resources so I can go back to them later ...
Orthomolecular - Natural Healing for Bipolar Disorder
A Compendium of Nutritional Approaches
Acclaim from Leading Orthomolecular Practitioners & Researchers
Welcome To Orthomolecular.org
Bipolar Kids Need Nutrition, Not Junk Food and More Drugs
Welcome to Recovery Empowerment Resources Alternative (Orthomolecular) Treatment
We Offer Hope - Helplessness Is Not Hopelessness
International Society for Orthomolecular Medicine Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine International Schizophrenia Foundation
(lots of books!)
Search for videos & .pdf topics on Schizophrenia and Bipolar etc at Riordan Clinic
Saturday, April 13, 2013
So yesterday I did the monkey see monkey do thing on Coach Nicole's CardioBlast, clicking on number 6, the Cardio BootCamp, I think it was called... looked like something I could modify, and I did modify. Since I have a concrete floor, I wasn't too keen on jumping on it - so the jumpy exercises I just jumped on my rebounder and followed along best I could. For all I know, she was jabbering on about what to do to prevent DOMS but could I hear her?
So today I'm dyyyyying on the back of my legs. Got home from church and dinner with my mom and going to the post office and my legs are hurting. Again.
Anyway, for fun, I thought I'd read up on DOMS and found this really swell article. I'm not done reading it, but one of the things I love about it, so far, is the unique way of presenting the footnotes information (as well as the occasional snarky backtalk!!
Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)
The mysteries of muscle fever, nature’s little tax on exercise
5,500 words, updated Dec 19th, 2012
by Paul Ingraham, Vancouver, Canada
as you can see, it's a bit longish, not quite a book, but this is the reason SparkEditors take a dim view of copying and pasting the entire contents of blogs or articles etc and prefer to include a link. Sometimes I disagree, because the link might go bye-bye. But today, I'm just posting the link. And then I'll move along. Oh and I think I'm beginning to read some blasphemy? or maybe going to be actually educated in the truth?? I got to the part where it seems to insinuate that lactic acid buildup was the CAUSE of DOMS!? (that's when I decided I HAD to share this link, plus it didn't hurt knowing that if I hurried, I could rack up a whole SparkPoint or two or three, however many we get, for posting a blog. Woot!).
For one thing, they are saying that they reallllly don't know the actual causes of DOMS, so therefore it's hard to say what to do to prevent it, or failing that, to ease the pain once you have it. Hmmm now that's refreshing! Or I'm tired...
But... here's a short list of "supposed cures" (including some I've read over the years) -
Here’s a list of popular but unconvincing treatments, with relevant evidence for each in the footnotes:
warmup or light exercise, “working it out”
glutamine and arginine supplements
icing (not just ineffective,30 but possibly even harmful )
transcutaneous32 and microcurrent33 electrical nerve stimulation
drinking extra water
massage (see below) (in the article itself, since I pulled this out of context).
Soooo I'm gonna read the rest of this link tomorrow since I'm tired and its bedtime-thirty, but first I'll probably do my usual "drink extra water" and "take a bath in epson salts." - if for no reason than my body needs extra water for other reasons, and a bath in epson salts just feels good before bed. Whether or not it "cures" DOMS, it will at least temporarily distract me from the acheyness. Achey Ache Ache-ness How do you spell that word?? The Microstuff Whine-O-Gram Spelling Cheater claims I'm not spelling it correctly. Whatever! You know and I know what I mean. Achiness it is!!
The author throws down on "Vitamin I" - Ibuprophen - but oh well, I rarely use the stuff anyway. Ohhh I just remembered, I have a small stash of high powered some sort of NSAID with maybe a little smidge of opiates. It was a script that I got when I had that bursitis thing in my left shoulder last year (remember me whining about it??). Hmmm wonder if I can find that? Bet that makes Mama happy tonight!!!
I can't help it, I keep sneaking more peeks at the article. Here's a claim that Massage can actually cause more problems!! Bet that makes my girlfriend mad since she's studying to be a massage therapist. Hmmm
"Poisoned by Massage — Rather than being “detoxifying,” massage may cause a modestly toxic situation in the body"
So that's another article to read...
I gotta go!! I'm soo sleepy and achey!!
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
I can't tell if we had hail damage to car, as It is covered with gloppy mounds of ice. I did have some excitement here about 30- 45 minutes go when I was upstairs in my bathroom and suddenly heard this whamming concussion type sound, like the house does when my son slams the front door shut...
My husband had already left to take our son to school. I had watched them leave from the front door, waved goodbye to my son. Then I had gone upstairs to the bathroom, when I first heard a muffled banging noise outside to the south, I thought. Kept on reading while still in the loo, when I heard the louder noise, feeling the type of compression like my son slamming door shut. So I got done in the loo, washed my hands, picked up phone and called my husband to ask if he was back at the house? (He's been known to come back to pick up things he forgot, like his badge or his work computer etc.). He said he was at work, and was anyone else in the house with me? I was walking downstairs talking to him, but front door was closed and locked and no one in front yard. Kept talking to him, looked out patio door while describing to him what sounds were like. (I wasn't yet concerned enough to call the police.)
Pulled curtain open and there it was! Two of the lower limbs of Bradford Pear tree (north side of yard) had cracked off and landed on the ground! This is the same tree that crashed across the fence into the neighbors yard during the Great Ice Storm in Jan 2005. Fortunately this time, the limbs landed more to the south west of tree, into the main part of our yard, no damage to neighbor's fence & property like it had done to the widowed lady who lived there before she sold to the present owners.
Whew! No one in the house but me and our livestock (cat, dog)... We'll deal with the tree later when spring finally warms up, maybe before summer...
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