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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Reminder: Tomorrow is a rest day from your “Fitness That Fits”. Take that time to post a review to your SparkPeople blog about your progress so far and you’ll get 100 SparkPoints!*

Well obviously SparkPeople doesn't have access to a calendar of spiritual events, because this weekend is a Double Sabbath, so I have two rest days - Today is the weekly Seventh Day (Sabbath) rest. Tomorrow (Sunday) is a High Holy Day - Pentecost or Feast of Weeks.

Details: Post a blog on your SparkPage answering these questions:

• What made you decide to try The Spark Solution Program?

I honestly was not planning to because I understood videos were not captioned. I wanted the book and bought it on pre-order from Amazon because it would be captioned. But May is a horribly busy month for me anyway, and it's worst than usual this year. So I discovered that transcripts were available now for (most of) the videos, and thought I'd give SparkCoach a try, since it was free with the book purchase.

Oh wait, they are asking about SparkSolutions (the book). Hmmm I'm a fine mess! So obvious I need both programs.

• Have you seen or felt any results in this first week?

Mostly in giving me some structure to hang onto, since all this emotional trauma has been reopened recently. It's allowed me to not feel so horridly guilty if I could only manage a 10 minute walk most days.

• What do you like the most about the program?

That it exists.

• What was your favorite meal from this week?

The substitutions I made because I didn't throw every thing away and buy new food for the book lists. I'm so numb, I don't remember many meals. Yogurt. Spinach salad.

• Which Insider Tip motivated you the most this week?

Hmmm in the book? Or in the SparkCoach thing? No clue. I don't recall reading an insider tip.

• What is your goal is for next week?

To just sit and finish READING this book, and to survive without freaking out.

• Include a link to the book’s website:

Okay, I'm easy. Here is a link to the book's website:

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ILIKETOZUMBA 5/20/2013 9:47PM

    High fives for answering all those questions despite how busy things are! I'm so sorry you're going through a rough time, but hey, ten minutes of walking is great! Certainly better than no walking at all, which is what most people manage. I'm glad you're at least able to fit a little something in like that. Hang in there!

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SPARKFRAN514 5/19/2013 7:04PM

    its a learning process and need longer than a week to get right in my head bur i am enjoying learning that the journey is not just about food and working out it understanding how we feel about how are day went and some days are emoticon and other are emoticon we will get there it not a ace its a journey and my journey like you said some times you need to adjust the program to fit your personal and that is what spark is all about eating healthy emoticon

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KATWELL88 5/19/2013 1:55PM

    The first step of anything new can be confusing sometimes.... Sometimes I write like that somewhat confused or don't remember certain things.... emoticon

This I KNOW when i stay with a program after a while studying it ( I take info bits and pices and build from there ( reading book or Internet to fill in the blanks---- otherwise my head would be spinning with endless details -UGH!!)

Hang in there.... emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 5/19/2013 8:09AM

    good job! HUGS

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GLORYB2014 5/19/2013 7:20AM

    I think you did really well! I'm doing the Spark Coach program and am in, I think, my 5th week with it.
I pre-ordered the Spark Solution too and received my book and got on their team. However, my book arrived after they started their challenge and since reading what the challenge is all about, I'm not sure I could go along/follow with everyone anyway. I think I'll just read the book first and take it from there.
All the best to you my friend!

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SONYALATRECE 5/18/2013 11:26PM

    Bless your heart! May is busy for me too. Stress does take a lot out of progress. I understand and empathize with you completely.


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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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