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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

I had forgotten how much must be learned with a new computer!

After 6 years with the old one, I guess I was complacent.

But I have made it through Day 1 without too much grief.

Ray may not agree - I sort of snapped at him in my frustration a few times - oops!

**information transferring takes a lot of time - aargh!

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LOPEYP 6/3/2010 8:42AM

    Good luck with it. It does take a little while to figure out where everything is.

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COOLMAMA11 6/3/2010 5:53AM

    LOL..I just started using my computer 4 years ago, the grand kids kept at me till I gave in lol! I'm sure glad I did, it has opened up a whole new world for me, and got me to Spark ! happy days with your new computer, it will get easier!


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EMMABE1 6/3/2010 2:48AM

    There are always glitches changing computers -and if you updated your operating system too - then that makes it harder!!
But at least you got onto SP ok - and I hope you still have your email addresses - unlike me when I changed!!

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_VALEO_ 6/3/2010 2:07AM

    I knew you'd make it!

Computers and new technology can sometimes be frustrating.

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BARNABABY1 6/3/2010 12:02AM

    emoticonThey are going to take over the world some day! emoticon

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PAIGESMAMA 6/2/2010 11:08PM

    Good luck with the new computer. They are always an adventure.

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JENIFIREHARP 6/2/2010 11:01PM

    Computers... my 8yr old can run them better than me LOL! That is why I get the hubby to take care of any problems for me...

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CANDYGETNFIT 6/2/2010 9:43PM

    Oh, Linda, I know that frustration too! Computers seem to bring out the worst in me sometimes! But once you get used to Windows 7, you will so love it better than Vista! I have a large laptop that is windows 7 and I much prefer that to our desktop which is Vista!

Happy Computing!...

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Intuitive Eating

Monday, May 31, 2010

Intuitive Eating.

I have heard quite a bit about this on the boards and read a little in an article.

I think it is awesome that so many people will be able to do this and be successful.

Me? Nope. Intuitive eating is what got me to 210 lbs.

I must have lousy intuition! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CANDYGETNFIT 6/2/2010 1:30PM

    I totally agree with you Linda, at least for me! I must keep a running tally of my calories or the weight comes right back on! count, count, count!!! lol

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SOPHIADARE 6/1/2010 9:56AM

    Different things work for different people, and I say that for everybody, whatever works for them is great.

For those interested in the concept, I would use the word "mindful" and I stress that it is absolutely key never to eat while doing something else. Drink water or, say, lemon verbena tea sweetened only with saccharine or splenda while doing something else? Fine. Eat or drink even green or chamomile tea while doing something else, no. The key to mindful or intuitive eating is that you must be paying attention at every moment that you are consuming a nutrient whether it is satisfying the hunger you're feeling and if not, what would. You must, with mindful eating, eat slowly, focus on the food, and stop frequently to notice whether you're thirsty, because water is important. It must not be used as an excuse for failing to pay attention. It's okay to say, "I'm not there yet," but to say, "I'm doing mindful / intuitive eating instead of keeping track" and then fail to pay attention is cheating yourself. There's no point in that. To say, "the most I can do now is try to be mindful as much as I can, but I know I haven't addressed that part of my program" is a different thing.

In the end, mindful eating can work, and work well, but it's a strategy that requires a special kind of attention: an attention that is every bit as demanding, in its own separate way, as keeping track. Anybody who doesn't realize that is not really using mindful eating. I have seen the words "intuitive eating" but that strikes me as disaster, which is why I keep to the language "mindful," but that's me.

To everyone what works for her or him.

What you're doing is setting a great example of how your strategy can work for people!

Yay Linda!

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BARNABABY1 5/31/2010 9:38PM

    I can't do it either.... my body tells me all kinds of things that it wants, it's just not what it needs!! emoticon

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MONGO2TEN 5/31/2010 9:25PM

    Wish I could do it - I've tried to train myself and the pounds just come right back:(

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CHRISTY60 5/31/2010 9:01PM

    I have to agree with you

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RISSASPIECES 5/31/2010 6:04PM

    LOL I am right there with you.

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MSLZZY 5/31/2010 4:02PM

    Me, neither!

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WALKINGANNIE 5/31/2010 4:00PM

    I'm with you on this one Linda!


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EMMABE1 5/31/2010 3:45PM

    Yup - you are not alone - but then not everything works for everyone!!

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COOLMAMA11 5/31/2010 3:25PM

    Me too, left to my own devices got me to where I am also lol!

Elaine emoticon

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VAMPS351 5/31/2010 2:48PM

    LOL You arnt the only one with lousey intuition then lol

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Measuring and weighing everything is the only way to change your weighs!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Measuring and weighing everything is the only way to change your weighs!

Kind of simple but it says it all.

Enjoy your tomorrow!

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GONE2BEACH101 5/31/2010 9:00AM

    Yep, it's important!! It can go the other way, too...you can under measure also....

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    Yes! I do so agree! emoticon

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    I haven't worn out my Spark scale YET, (LOL) but portion control is so important. emoticon

Comment edited on: 5/31/2010 7:12:28 AM

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COOLMAMA11 5/31/2010 3:58AM

    Yes that is so true, portions can get out of controll if left eyeballing it, you always tend to put more on the plate lol!


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JOANOFSPARK 5/31/2010 2:57AM

    oh, wow, you said a mouthful then.....if I don't weigh and measure every thing that goes into my mouth, it ends up being way more than I think. emoticon


Comment edited on: 5/31/2010 2:57:14 AM

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    I agree. I weigh & measure everything that I eat and drink. It's helping me. Love, Dawn

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/30/2010 10:10PM

    You said it all. emoticon emoticon

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JERSEYGIRL24 5/30/2010 9:53PM

    I wish I could argue with you, but you are so right.

Have a great holiday tomorrow.

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BARNABABY1 5/30/2010 9:43PM

    So true!! I don't eat anything (at home) without weighing it or measuring it. It's even gotten to the point where I bring a 1 cup measure and an extra container to the ballpark to measure out my serving of pasta (when I buy the pasta, that is!)... it's the only way I can control my eating. But it is still so difficult when eating out. emoticon emoticon

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EMMABE1 5/30/2010 9:28PM

    True - its far too easy for portions to creep up if one doesn't check ALL the time!!

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MSLZZY 5/30/2010 9:11PM

    emoticonreminder! Thank you!

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CHEVY63 5/30/2010 8:59PM

    Preach it!

I've found that I've had so much more success when I measure instead of eye-balling my portions.

Have a great weekend!

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Wow! I really did good!!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Today I went looking to see how much the cable to transfer info would cost and my computer package is no longer there!

The "cheaper" package without the monitor is still there and the identical computer with monitor would be $1267 and not the $1088 I paid, both before S&H and taxes (7% in Miss.)!

By buying on Sunday I saved $179 and upgraded the monitor as well! WooHoo!

I am a happy camper!
emoticon emoticon it shipped! emoticon

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SOPHIADARE 5/27/2010 1:48PM

    You put in a lot of work on this: you deserved to win, and I'm glad you did.

You don't often get to see how well you did for yourself so obviously, do you?

Way to go!!!

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BARNABABY1 5/25/2010 10:31PM

    Nice going! It always feels great when you realize you've done good! emoticon

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CHRISTY60 5/25/2010 10:08PM

    I guess you ARE happy.....good deal!!

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FORMYDARLINGS 5/25/2010 8:37PM

    Gee Linda. Would you go shopping online for stuff for me? BTW I would also want you to pay for everything. LOL Good job shopping smart.



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    I'm happy that you're happy! Can't wait to read how things work out for you. Love, Dawn

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SIZE5MOTIVATED 5/25/2010 6:50PM

    That's so great! I love great deals! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 5/25/2010 6:26PM

    Feels like a win -- good for you!! We're all happy because it's going to make it easier for you to be on SP!!

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SUCHAHOOT 5/25/2010 6:14PM

    I love it!!

It sounds like you are wanting to transfer from old to new?? The guys at Best Buy suggested to me to use a flash drive or some other type of external drive to move what I wanted to. Don't know if that would work for you or not. I have not done it yet. I have one more school newsletter to write on some older software & then I'll be doing it! I have 'the book'. It holds quite a lot. You may be a major techie & here I am....but there ya go, just in case.

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SLENDERELLA61 5/25/2010 6:00PM

    Linda, Great shopping! Hope that new computer is just the thing. Sounds great!

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JERSEYGIRL24 5/25/2010 5:58PM

    emoticon Linda!! Don't you love it when you are a winner like this!! Makes up for the times that things don't work out so well.

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MSLZZY 5/25/2010 5:39PM

    emoticon emoticonSmart cookie!

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COOLMAMA11 5/25/2010 5:27PM

    emoticon emoticon There will be no holding you down now lol! Have fun, enjoy!


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Oy! I owe, I owe...

Sunday, May 23, 2010

So I took the plunge and hit the Order button!

I don't know what some of it means but this is what I got:

AMD Phenom X6 1055T + ATI Radeon HD 5670 1GB (video card)
Windows 7
8GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz - 4 DIMMs
Monitor Dell 21.5" Widescreen
HD 1.5TB - 7200RPM, SATA 3.0Gb/s, 1.56MB Cache (??)
16X DVD+/- RW Drive
2 year basic in home warranty


I purchased the last one to the right - with monitor.

If I can get 6 years out of it (I am just past 6 years on my current computer) I will be thrilled almost as much as losing weight! It sure is scary hitting the order button! I think I am hyperventilating!!

Thank you for explaining Cache to me MIKIIO!

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TEENY_BIKINI 5/25/2010 3:03PM


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CANDYGETNFIT 5/24/2010 3:29PM

    Awesome Linda, I'd say it's about time you had a new computer! I, too, much prefer windows 7 over vista! It's wonderful! Enjoy!

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ANNASBF 5/24/2010 11:00AM

    I bet you will be pleasantly surprised, like LOPEYP said, that you will be computing with a whole lot more speed! It is hard to spend a lump like that but the improvements from when you got your last one will be worth it. Your Sparkness deserves a more fancy rig so enjoy! emoticon

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SOPHIADARE 5/24/2010 10:26AM

    Best of luck!

Dell's support on my 3 y/o computer was fabulous. (I got the five year warranty.)

Also, reviews on Windows 7 are excellent.

That's not to say that the Mac isn't still running a swankier and faster show, but W7 is getting excellent reviews.

Best of luck!

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LOPEYP 5/23/2010 8:46PM

    Good for you! You'll be able to spark faster emoticon emoticon

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    I hope that it's everything that you hope for. I'm cheering for you. I know what you mean about hitting that "order" button though. PHEW! Love ya, Dawn

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 5/23/2010 6:54PM

    I m sure you will love it and do lots of sparkin with it....


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_VALEO_ 5/23/2010 4:46PM

    Cache refers to the cache memory. It stores copies of the data you use the most frequently on your main memory locations.

I'm also nervous when I order pricey items.

You are completely updated now. ;)

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WATERMELLEN 5/23/2010 3:59PM

    Gonna be great!!

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EMMABE1 5/23/2010 3:49PM

    Huh!! Computers are about 1/2 theprice there to here!! I object!!
You SHOULD get 6 yrs - i fyou look after it!! I recon on about that from mine!!
It loos good - HUGE screen, HUGE hard drive - good graphics and memory!!
should be ok!! but depends what you are doing with it!!

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MSLZZY 5/23/2010 3:34PM

    It would be nice to know what this all is in English LOL! I have done the same thing and it is scary. My home computer is 6 years old and I hope it keeps running for another 6 LOL!

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ASTORRES1 5/23/2010 3:33PM

    WOOHOO.....modern updated puter....you gotta be alittle excited!!!! lol


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WALKINGANNIE 5/23/2010 3:19PM

    emoticon emoticon

You'll sure enjoy Sparking with this kit Linda!!

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NANCYMT6151 5/23/2010 3:08PM

    WTG GF! You should get some good use out of that. Wish I could join you in a new one too but mine is only a bit over a year old but it has Vista and I want the new Windows 7.
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 5/23/2010 3:03PM

    I don't know what most of it means, but it sounds very impressive!

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PUZLEVES85 5/23/2010 2:41PM

    That sounds like one awesome computer, hope you get lots of fun out of it! :)

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