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The Good, the Bad, and oh yeah the Ugly

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Iíll start with the bad that ultimately led to the good. Tonight I went to my Balls of Fitness class and because of a power outage last night the air conditioner had gone out and wasnít turned back on until tonight. Needless to say the gym was pretty hot and the instructor had to modify the higher impact class to a lower impact version with a bit more strength than cardio.

The good was the lower impact because that was just what I needed since Iím not suppose to be doing the higher impact because of my injured heel. I try to modify to lower impact, but some moves are hard for me to adjust.

I had also discussed with the instructor taking a different class in place of my Tuesday night kickboxing since that one absolutely kills my foot and it is even harder to modify and stay in sync with the rest of the class. She said I could try all her classes and choose what I like.

Now for the uglyÖ My last blog was about facebook and I believe some people took my meaning wrong. I understand that some people find long lost friends and communicate with people from all over the world. I know that this works well for some people. I was just trying to say that those that use it to plan events should not think everyone that should know about the event is on that site.

Iím an IT manager and understand a lot about computers, settings, privacy the works. I believe people should be careful. Thatís all folksÖ

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TONYA_JO 7/23/2010 4:08PM

    That's great that instructor will let you try all classes and find the one that will work for you!

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WILLOW49 7/22/2010 11:14PM

    Totally agree about FB; you just can't be too careful in my opinion.

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DDOORN 7/22/2010 9:32PM

    Agree about being careful out there...I try to remember to caution SP members who use their real names in their member names: not a good idea! One never knows...!


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AUNTJENNY7 7/22/2010 9:21PM

    I totally agree with you! Posting something on Facebook for an event and not at least emailing everybody that you want to come is silly. I would expect at least half the people wouldn't show up because they didn't know about it.

My hubs is in IT and half of his IT buddies aren't on Facebook either.

Wow, interesting topic, shook things up a bit in our little corner of Spark emoticon


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CRAZYGAGRANNY 7/22/2010 9:15PM

    I agree with you my friend. FB is good for what it was set up to be...but I do not believe people should rely on it to send out invitations for events such as school reunions, or such. This should be done in a more formal manner. This is also just my opinion..kind of like getting invited to a wedding only if you are a member of Fb of SP ..sounds weird huh?

Have a great day my friend.

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What is it about Facebook?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

This weekend we attended my husbandís class reunion, but we only found out about it because a friend of ours from school wanted to stay at our house so she could go. If she hadnít called we would have never known about it. Needless to say there were not a lot of people there.

The person who organized it had a couple of our friends offer to help with the planning, but they had never heard back from them. As a matter of fact they heard about it very late too Ė through facebook so I really think it was a last minute decision by someone to do this.

I guess I donít understand why those people that use facebook think it is a great means of communication for everyone. They need to understand that some of us do not revolve around that type of communication. I personally think people are foolish about what they share on that site and especially some of the younger generation doesnít think about how it can affect them later in life.

I work with the network and communications at my job and am glad for the Internet and believe it has many good uses. As a matter of fact, this site is one of them and similar to facebook, but with more of a common healthier theme. That said, people also need to be careful what they say on this site because all the world can see.

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HEALTHYFIGHTER 7/27/2010 10:22AM

    I totally agree and frown at my friends when they ask me if I looked on Facebook for their updates on their life, especially my close friends. What happened to being personable with people, calling them...whatever! Facebook is a menace!...lol jk. But it sure can be a pain in the butt.

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FERRFERR 7/23/2010 2:23AM

    "I'm an IT manager and very educated in computers and settings and the fact that if someone wants to bad enough they will get past the privacy settings."

My boyfriend is an IT Engineer/UNIX Admin, so I too know more than I care to about IT security. My living room looks like New Egg and Fry's vomited in it, and he has an entire room for an office! ;)

I just find it hard to believe that someone with the capability of infiltrating Facebook systems would bother with average people. I'd be more concerned with security breeches like Apple just had with iPads. That and my ex-husband having any level of access to my page. SparkPeople had less privacy options than Facebook, and I post me in all my lumpy glory here (which for the record I would NEVER do on Facebook). :P

The way I figure it is that I post things my parents see on Facebook (and here if they would actually join) and I'd fear their wrath far more. emoticon

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FERRFERR 7/22/2010 1:32PM

    I've caught up with quite a few people on Facebook that I hadn't seen or heard from in over a decade. Our family keeps in touch via Facebook even though we all live within 20 miles of each other. I have my city, the local pool, my daughters soccer group, girl scout troop, and girl scout leader all on my FB. If you use it right then it's an invaluable tool for keeping connected with many points of your life. Being part of even mundane things in my friends lives is still important to me. Simple things like saying good night, wishing them luck, and even telling them to pick something up for me when they do go to the store. :P

As for things like reunions .. I found out about my high school reunion via Facebook. I saw the pictures with about 12 people out of a class of nearly 100. They didn't even bother to send information to everyone in any manner. Although there was more than enough opportunity to locate me on Facebook since my school and year of graduation is listed. The way I figure it though is the people from high school I want in my life are my friends on Facebook already, and if they're in town I'll know it and I can meet up with them myself.

As for the security, like someone else said there are privacy settings. I have mine set where only my friends can see my posts and pictures. Not even friends of friends can see because some of my friends have people on their lists that I don't want seeing my stuff. It's a matter of educating yourself on using it properly not unlike anything else in your life.

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MAKEDAMNSURE2 7/22/2010 12:53PM

    I like to post motivational & inspirational quotes on my facebook page! & Sometimes just some music lyrics of a nice classic rock song! A lot of my friends and even their parents call me the "Wise quotes Facebook status updater." LOL They say they look forward to what I post because it's never the normal, "Going out!" Or "Partying!" I really do not like how people write so much PERSONAL stuff on there. That's why I stick to something that is inspiring :)

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ALASKASKY 7/22/2010 7:24AM

    So true, so true. Personally I don't care for Facebook although I do have an account and I have found a couple of long lost friends that I grew up with. Other than that I rarely even go there. I'm too busy with SP and I like it here better.


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DIVAGURL 7/22/2010 1:17AM

    I agree with LIBBYFITZ I think Fb can be a valuable tool. I use it to stay in touch with family and friends and share photos.

I also monitor my privacy settings and those of my teenage kids.
I have friends who play the fb games and I sometimes wonder how they have the time, it seems all they do is play games. I "hide" these friends so I don't see their constant postings.

I also agree with many who've said you need to be careful what you post, although ou can delete it, it's on the internet and there for many to see. No matter what site you're on, you should be wary of giving out personal info.

I've seen where insurance companies monitor who is on fb, twitter, etc. and can raise rates. The theory being that some share every detail of their life. While you may think it's innocent to post to your fb profile, going to the grocery store and errands, theives can see it as an opportunity to know there's no one home for a while.

Be smart and think about what you put on the net, no matter what site it is.

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JERICAJJ 7/21/2010 9:31AM

    Yeah, I agree. I got on Facebook and have a page and everything, but I lost interest after a month or so. The purpose of it seems to be 'look at me, look where I went, look at the cool stuff I do'. Like a high-school popularity contest.
On the flip side, SP has the purpose of helping people live a healthier lifestyle.
Much different in terms of where they're both coming from.

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WILLOW49 7/21/2010 8:56AM

    I totally agree with you! While I am on FB, I am very careful what I post there. I feel much safer and more "at home" here :)

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PAUL324 7/21/2010 6:47AM

    Every thing has its place even face book Look at it like food you make the choice what to eat, Use it the same way. I started on face book 2 months ago I have located 6 high school friends I had lost contact with for 30+ years now I can use E- Mail, telephone or visit them in person. Still looking for Army Buddies and more high school friends. Works for me emoticon

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DDOORN 7/20/2010 11:08PM

    I think the most important point you make is: "people also need to be careful what they say on this site because all the world can see. " And that goes for much of the 'net.

One of the things I LOVE about our SparkFamily, as opposed to FB and other communities is that we here at SP are, as a rule much more supportive and positive than most online communities. Not that there aren't ANY negative exchanges here at SP, but my bet is that it pales compared to other online locales.


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GRANNYPEG 7/20/2010 10:27PM

    I totally agree with you. I would rather communicate by phone or direct contact with family and friends.

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RHONDAHONDA2 7/20/2010 10:05PM

    thank you I had to get rid of facebook cause I was beeing scammed by someone saying they were me and it wasnt me...so please,I wish people would think twice...I am from the younger generation and since I been scammed I am beeing more careful every day on the internet.....thank you emoticon

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POLLKAT 7/20/2010 9:51PM

    I also don't get facebook, twitter or myspace. I have accounts but rarely ever log on or check them. I find them very hard to understand and it feels very restrictive. I also think people talk about the stupidest stuff on there. Like I care that people are sitting around watching tv, going to the grocery store or getting ready for bed??!! And whats with the games these people play?? Don't they have lives to live? They seem like such a waste, but then I'm middle age and all this is fairly new to me. I would rather be out doing something fun than sharing what I am doing with the world....

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DENI_ZEN 7/20/2010 9:21PM

    I couldn't agree more with you. I far prefer SP and feel very much at home here, but I'm not on Facebook. I need that day-to-day life :) - Sandi emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 7/20/2010 9:07PM

    I use facebook and love it.
I learnt to use it about 18months ago. There is a site called messages where you send private messages.
I also catch up with non FB friends through e-'mail.

I have family and friends scattered all over Australia and the UK, Switzerland,Netherlands , Canada and Chile. I post photos and use the privacy tools so I control who sees them. If I had to make phone contact with all these people , well I wouldn't because I live in Santiago, Chile and most of my family live in Australia. An expensive exercise to call them on the 'phone and difficult as we are 12 hours behind them in time. emoticon

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JUDY1676 7/20/2010 8:57PM

    You are 100% correct! I'm on facebook but quite frankly, I don't get it! Maybe I'm just toooo old! emoticon

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CRAZYGAGRANNY 7/20/2010 8:33PM

    emoticonI agree with you 100%. I enjoy using SP but like you I have a life of my own and it does not include sites like Facebook. I feel if I can not stay in contact with my family and friends by phone and close contact there must be something wrong with me!

Thanks for the great blog my friend!

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Bad news from the doctor

Monday, July 19, 2010

I have had may problems with my feet for years. It makes it very difficult to stay physically fit when every step you take is painful. I went through most of last summer in a cam walker and it wasn't until I got new orthodics with a spot cut out for that problem bone at the beginning of this year that I could start walking again.

I started SP in February and signed up for various exercise classes over the last few months. In one of those classes we were doing a lot of intense cardio and I must have injured my heel. It has been very painful for weeks now. I decided to visit the Podiatrist again kind of hoping he good quick fix it. Not so... he wants me to take it easy to let it heal.

Since I just started a couple of new classes over the last couple of weeks I want to finish those out. I will also have a difficult time not walking at lunch. The walks help with the stress of the day, which in turns helps with the health and stress eating.

I need my fun exercise and I need my stress relief walks. This is one of those times that pisses me off. You are damned if you do and damned if you don't. This is how I got so far into this unhealthy weight mess and I don't want to jeopardize the success I have made.

I know I can find alternatives, but I'm dedicated to what I'm doing now and enjoying it. I wish I could just have feet that didn't cause so many issues.

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ALASKASKY 7/22/2010 7:21AM

    Sorry abut your foot. I am having some surgery next week and the doctor is talking 6 weeks to recovery. What? 6 weeks? I'm praying for a miracle, so if you find some alternatives let me know. Maybe some chair exercises? There has to be a way. But then again we don't want to rush in and create more problems for ourselves.


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MOMMA_BEAR_69 7/21/2010 5:10AM

    Exercise and walking always makes me feel better. Praying for you...

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CHILLLI 7/20/2010 8:27AM

    I am so sorry to hear about what the doctor said. I understand being upset and wanting to keep going. My doctor told me about 2 weeks ago that I am not to do ANYTHING that makes me breathe hard. Seriously? It sucks. Hang in there, I'll be crossing my fingers for a speedy recovery.

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GLAMIT 7/20/2010 8:15AM

    Awww, so sorry to hear. It's like we know we have to let it heal but we don't want to give quit either. Not fair! I know you don't want to hear it but time to compromise.

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FRECKS96 7/20/2010 7:45AM

    That really stinks! I hope you can find a happy compromise that lets your foot heal while keeping active. You certainly don't want this to stay a lifelong problem.

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DIVAGURL 7/20/2010 2:07AM

    Well, I was going to suggest water or bike, both have been suggested.
I want YOU to be proud of you for what you've accomplished and not give up! Find a way to spen the lunch time doing something relaxing that will help with fitness. Yoga? Do you work at a desk, have a private office? What can take the place of the walks you enjoy?

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JUDY1676 7/19/2010 11:12PM

    I'm so sorry to hear this. I'm looking into water exercises because of my hip. They say exercising in water does not put any strain on joints and muscles and that you get a good workout. Take care and listen to your Dr. You don't want to be laid up permanently! Good luck!

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KANSASROSE67 7/19/2010 11:08PM

    I'm so sorry and I hope some of the good suggestions here will help. Hang in there!

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BELLA_HONEY 7/19/2010 10:42PM

    So sorry to hear that! I also suggest maybe trying water aerobics. I hope your foot heals soon, take care of yourself! emoticon

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BOBBI97 7/19/2010 10:11PM

    Been there so I know what you are going though...But hang in there the tough gets going before it gets worse so just do what you can & keep trying ok...I know it is hard to do what we can because when our feet keep us from doing things that just makes things worse...

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GRANDMAJUDY6 7/19/2010 10:10PM

    Check out chair exercises. Exercising in a pool too if you can get to one. An exercise bike might be a good option too. There are a few forms of exercises that will not be as stressful on that injured foot. I feel your pain dear, I have arthritis in both feet and in both knees and a torn meniscus, and when the knee is acting up, I can't do anything, I don't own a car and am forced to walk everywhere.

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DABINEXIAN 7/19/2010 10:04PM

    I sympathize. I had to take a break from exercising when I hurt my knee and it's so frustrating to stop when you have finally gotten into the grove. Can you do water aerobics? What about a yoga class? Is that allowed. My gym offers a workout class for seniors that has them sitting in a chair and working out. Is that something you might be interested in. Shape Magazine's website also offers some great strengthening where you are sitting down. Good luck!

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NATIVE_ONE 7/19/2010 10:03PM

    Sounds like a case of Murphy's law. Sorry about your feet, I do hope you will be able to do what you want but at the same time giving your self time to heal. Sending healthy vibes in your direction!! Best wishes too!!

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LIBBYFITZ 7/19/2010 9:56PM

    That must be so frustrating for you emoticon emoticon

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DEE107 7/19/2010 9:54PM

    Been where you are and know what it is like but you can take little walks and rest.. and make sure you put your foot up to rest

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LINDABENEDICT 7/19/2010 9:46PM

    So sorry....do you have access to water? You could still work out, even with foot issues!
All the best !!!

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DDOORN 7/19/2010 9:37PM

    Oh GEEZ...! There is NOTHING as frustrating as a body that won't cooperate with one's spirit and desires!

I'm already racking my brain and for *some strange reason* (lol!) cycling comes to mind as something that would be kinder to one's feet...?

Just a thought...

Oh! And there's always kayaking! :-)

Take care of yourself!


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30th Class Reunion - sort of...

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Well I didnít know until Thursday that the Class if 1980 was holding their class reunion. I donít think it was planned well and it sounds like a simple gathering at a local pub. My husband graduated with that class and I would have if I hadnít combined my last two years of high school and graduated the year before. So basically they are still the people I went to school with.

My good friend from school is coming to stay with hubby and I and we will be heading off to the reunion this evening. I hate to admit this, but it isnít something Iím overly comfortable with. Iím not sure why I feel this way; I just have never been one that feels comfortable in crowds.

However, I will go with my husband and friend and Iím sure we will have a good time. As far as staying with my healthy range Ė All bets are off.

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LIBBYFITZ 7/18/2010 6:15AM

    emoticonHave a good time.

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NATIVE_ONE 7/17/2010 6:48PM

    I hope you have a wonderful time. It is a good feeling to feel comfortable, eh? Enjoy yourself!!

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 7/17/2010 5:22PM

    I do so understand what you mean!! This year is my 30th class reunion, too. I was pretty shy in school and didn't really have very many friends. I was one of the "nerdy" kids--no make-up, short naturally curly hair while everyone else was going through the long straight phase, saddle shoes and bobby sox while others were wearing hose and flats. And we won't talk about those glasses!! I rarely went to ball games and even more rarely went to dances. Didn't date till I was out of high school, and not anyone I went to school with. Guess I was pretty boring! Class reunions just don't get me excited.

Hope that you have a good time, though. At least you will have your hubby and friend so it shouldn't be too bad. Let us know how it went.

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DENI_ZEN 7/17/2010 5:11PM

    I admire you a great deal for this. I haven't attended any of my class reunions...pretty much for the same reasons Willow gave. I really admire your willingness to do this. - Sandi emoticon

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HEYJUDH46 7/17/2010 3:52PM

  Understandable. Have a great time anyway.

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WILLOW49 7/17/2010 3:24PM

    I have never attended any of my class reunions; have no desire to do so. I'm not comfortable in large crowds either. Hope you enjoy the evening as much as possible :)

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Making a Difference at Work

Thursday, July 15, 2010

A few months ago I joined a local challenge and shared the information with my co-workers. At that time 4 others joined me and three of us were very successful in taking off a decent amount of weight for the 12 week program.

When the challenge was coming to an end we decided we liked the idea of having to weigh in each week and being accountable to each other. We decided to try to get more of our co-workers involved in a healthier lifestyle so we created our own 12 week challenge. The challenge started this week and Iím happy to say we actually have 19 people doing it with us.

On top of that this week we also had the salesman for our company all in town and they were making a lunch for us today. So I asked the one in charge what we were having and he asked me what I wanted. I asked for some healthy options. So instead of only hamburgers and hotdogs we also had turkey burgers and chicken sausage. I had also suggested a tossed salad and I was quite impressed with the field green salad they had, with multiple low fat dressings. They actually ran out of turkey burgers and ran out to get more.

It now seems like a few of us are really making a difference. I made sure they all knew how much I appreciated their efforts and the great job they did.

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ALASKASKY 7/16/2010 11:12AM


You have just sparked a whole new group of people to think about eating healthier.


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DDOORN 7/15/2010 10:15PM

    Ask and you shall receive!

Way to go! :-)


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LIBBYFITZ 7/15/2010 9:28PM

    That is a winner! Well done for asking for something different and healthy. A good way to spread the message re need for healthy food options at functions. emoticon

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WILLOW49 7/15/2010 8:58PM

    This is great to hear! Sometimes speaking up really does pay off in a big way! Kudos to you and to the salesman for listening and following through.

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