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Groovy Trippy Light Show Flower Child kind of thing... or Fractual Nerds?

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

This has nothing to do with weight loss. Or eating right. Or exercising (other than the mind and/or eyeballs!!)...

I just got this email with a link to a website and I thought it was COOOOOL.

Here it goes:

This is really amazing!

And to think we use to have to hold it up to the light!

Remember the Kaleidoscope when we were kids?

This is really incredible! How amazing that someone could not only
create this, but make it to change when you move your
mouse/cursor...or you can just sit back and let it change by itself.

Either way it is awesome!!! Very nice.........and pure genius!


Be sure to run your mouse over the screen slowly.

Click here:

Warning: This won't work on iPhone/Safari browsers. Don't know yet about iPads.

Warning: Before you open the link, PLEASE Notify your family to come wake you up in 5 or 10 minutes, should you get sucked into this website. Don't say I didn't warn ya!!!

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ISTRALOUISE 5/21/2013 3:11AM

    Awesome!! Thank you for sharing, Julia!!!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 5/17/2013 10:23AM

    Whooooaaaaa....that kaleidoscope is AMAZING. I could hypnotize myself with that thing! LOL can you imagine how people who are stoned might react to that? That thing is crazy cool. :) Thanks for sharing!

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3016DEBRA 5/15/2013 1:53PM

  WOW!!! That was definitely different! Thanks for sharing that!

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KPETSCHE 5/15/2013 4:11AM

    Way cool - thanks!

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AKATHLEEN54 5/14/2013 9:51PM

    Well that was fun..... much better than the same old stories about what somebody ate or didn't eat or how much weight they lifted. blah, blah, blah...... thanks!!

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GWTRIKER 5/14/2013 8:51PM

    That was great, thanks for sharing.

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1CRAZYDOG 5/14/2013 8:06PM

    O my heavens! You have t consciously will yourself to stop looking @ this! LOL That was one of my favorite gifts as a kid from my Mom & Dad -- a kaleidoscope which I still have! Thanks for sharing this! HUGS!

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MJ7DM33 5/14/2013 7:01PM

  COOL! Thx for sharing!

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    That was fun! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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123ELAINE456 5/14/2013 6:29PM

  AWSOME!!! GREAT SHOW!!! God Blessings to Everyone. Have a Delightful Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I Like MOSTMOM1's (Shelli) WOO HOO cards!! Template Suggestion?!

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!!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TURTLETALK 5/11/2013 9:59AM

    I loved Shelli's idea as well but I am not as creative. I just write my wahoo's on strips of colored paper and stick them in a covered oatmeal box. My non-artistic version of Captain Wahoo.

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JANNEPERRY 5/9/2013 3:07PM

    emoticon What a great idea!

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AWESOMECHELZ 5/9/2013 1:54PM

    THANKS! I read her blog (and yours) and it is a great idea. I told her that this reminds me of my "blessings" notebook where, at the end of the day, I write down comments on a special blessing(s) that day. Thanks for sharing! emoticon

Love, Chelsea emoticon

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ISTRALOUISE 5/9/2013 4:08AM

    Those cards are cool! I agree that they should be on a Member Tool page!

Good luck!

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1CRAZYDOG 5/8/2013 10:02PM

    I like it! Can't really be of much help other than to tell you that.

Oh yeah, and I've got a teen making me crazy too! Maybe we should get our teens together so they can drive each OTHER crazy and not US!


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Stairs & FitBit

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...

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KSTONYA 6/16/2013 10:19PM

    We forget that everything we do burns calories not just exercise. I hope to get some tracking device but I have to get two One for me and One for my husband as we both are active. I have a sit down job 2 afternoons a week and if he is not working on a project he is working around the house.

I am not sure which device I should get? Any ideas. I cannot do a lot of walking or strength exercises due to injuries, but I do a lot of stationary work. I have been working on upping my bike riding to 45 minutes a day for about 700+ calorie burn just it is boring. I plan on riding my manual bike to and from work when I can which gives me 20 minutes 2 ties a week. As we only have 1 bike we need to get another one so we can bike together.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 4/24/2013 12:58AM

    Well whatever your fitbit says, that sounds like a good burst of exercise to me! Way to go! :)

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1CRAZYDOG 4/22/2013 11:59AM

    That is a problem.

HUGS though . . . at least you DID it!

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AWESOMECHELZ 4/22/2013 9:00AM

    I don't own a FitBit so I don't know what to share about that. But I do know that, ultimately, your exercise will start to show and you will feel great. Keep up the great work. emoticon
Love, Chelsea emoticon emoticon

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JESSIKA_56 4/22/2013 7:58AM

    I think my FitBit over-estimates my "exercise" too, because it counts a lot of the walking I do at work as exercise, but I don't really consider it to be so. But all in all, I still think it's a pretty handy tool!

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GARDENCHRIS 4/22/2013 7:31AM

    still is matter how you count it.

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123ELAINE456 4/22/2013 2:10AM

  I don't have a Fitbit. So I really can't comment on how they work for people. It Sounds like You are Doing Great. God Blessings to Everyone. Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ISTRALOUISE 4/22/2013 12:20AM

    I've noticed that it counts all the background activity that you and I would normally not include on activity logs (like unloading groceries and walking to and from places) it is a little frustrating to have it over-report but I like that it counts everything I do.. so its a little damned if you do damned if you dont sort of scenario.. other trackers I've had only measure if you are over a certain amount of movement but are typically really hard to get them to record what I do, even when I'm exercising, so I'm rather glad that the bar is lower with the fitbit.

One thing I did do is up my calories burned goals to over 700 a week. I know if I'm under that, that something has to change.

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Nutrition and Healing

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

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!)

Orthomolecular Practictioners

Search for videos & .pdf topics on Schizophrenia and Bipolar etc at Riordan Clinic

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68ANNE 4/21/2013 10:43PM

    It is amazing how people are now realizing how the foods are hurting or helping

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CRAFTSFAN1 4/20/2013 3:56AM

    it's so encouraging to know that if we eat more healthy food instead of the empty junk food we can improve our physical and mental health. thanks for the links, Julia. emoticon

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123ELAINE456 4/20/2013 2:44AM

  Great Blog. If we could stay off of as much Process Foods as Possible we would all feel and do much better. A lot of sickness and dieases is cause by all of the additives, preservatives and things like that they put in foods. None of these things are any good for the human body. We need good Natural Foods free from all of this stuff. God Blessings to Everyone. Have a Marvelous Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 4/19/2013 8:34PM

    Nutrition really makes a HUGE difference! My DS dealt with ADHD, depression, and mood disorder (all much better with eating clean and avoiding processed foods)

HUGS and blessings

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DOMS muscle tax muscle fever muscle ache OUCH!

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
Epsom salts
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!!


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ALIHIKES 4/14/2013 10:13AM

    Very interesting blog, thanks for sharing!

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1CRAZYDOG 4/14/2013 10:02AM

    Hope you feel better today. Thanks for the links.

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AWESOMECHELZ 4/14/2013 9:57AM

    Pretty interesting article! I have had DOMS myself but by the next day, if it was gone (2 days after the exercise), I knew I was okay. The golden rule for that has been that if a person is still hurting 2 days later, they did a little bit too much and to tune it down some. I have done that and now I don't get DOMS much. I hope you are feeling better today and have a wonderful week! Love, Chelsea emoticon

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SUGARSMOM2 4/14/2013 9:54AM

  thank you for the link i went to it and printed the whole article . I read slowly and i wanted to stop and read as i could . so thanks for oppotunity emoticon to do this . nothing is like we think is it ?

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PHEBESS 4/14/2013 9:37AM

    When I overwork something and get DOMS, I usually find that some gentle to moderate stretching, followed by some walking, followed by more stretching, gets the soreness out. For me, it's usually overworking one muscle group, or doing a new exercise that works muscles that aren't often worked. (Like the first time I did a lot of squats!) The stretching loosens up the muscles, and some walking helps to work out the build up of (lactic acid?) whatever makes it sore.

Hot water helps. But I prefer the stretch-walk-stretch routine.

Good luck!

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JANNEPERRY 4/14/2013 9:05AM

    While DOMS certainly can be uncomfortable often it is a good sign--meaning that you are providing Progressive Overload to your muscles. Eventually in the process of doing the same exact workout over land over again your muscles adapt. While this may sound good, that means your plan is not providing what your body needs to progress.

So, if you were to keep up this new workout, eventually you wouldn't feel the soreness (unless caused by an injury, etc). That's the good news. The down side, do do the same workout forever, or you won't be providing your body with the progressive overload it needs to get stronger.

So really, to avoid DOMS, don't try new activities--but is that good advice?

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POPSY190 4/14/2013 3:58AM

    Thanks for the link. I think the warm water with the epsom salts is probably soothing and with the extra water should see you right. I hope so, and it's less drastic treatment than some of the others you mention!

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