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Getting back up again...

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The last several days have been a blur of non-productivity. Not sure if it was the food I ate (increase in carbs and fast food), my lack of exercise or general depression, but the only "yay" moment I have is that I watched and listened to a lot of good documentaries, Youtube blogs and podcasts. Here's to looking up again.

What snapped me out of it was a visit from a handyman whose sheer presence made me self-conscious about not wanting to waste more time. So, thank you, sir.

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DDOORN 4/29/2013 12:55PM

    That's the spirit! One foot ahead of the other!


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NANCYPAT1 4/25/2013 8:54PM

    Glad things are starting to look up for you.

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Wannabe-developer, Day 2. 5: Turn around

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Four screens stared at me: CNN blaring in the background, SparkPeople CEO's frozen on my laptop, cinematic soundtracks paused on my tablet, and my phone blinking with Twitter updates. Last night I got distracted from completing chapter 1 of the Ruby on Rails tutorial. I passed the 15-minute mark for my daily goal, but I kept my ass in seat even longer. I got a little down on myself especially after talking to a friend yesterday who herself was depressed--but this morning I did 6 minutes of yoga. The trigger? The following quote from Coach Nicole's Twitter account, "No matter how long you've gone down the wrong path, turn around."

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RUNCHOOSE 4/21/2013 12:11PM

    Thanks, Vlinder2013. I did manage to make significant progress after posting this blog! Here's to a new day.

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DAWNSJOURNEY 4/21/2013 8:57AM

    So true isn't .. so easy to say well I blew it so I will start tomorrow. The truth is at that very moment we realize we are off track the moment to turn it back around.. I agree even 6 minutes is better than none.. better than letting the whole day go. Good for you .
I'm glad you helped your friend , but their depression can depress us.I'm glad you turned it around..

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SparkPeople repurposed: Wannabe-developer edition

Friday, April 19, 2013

I'm committed to complete what is considered an intense, self-paced course on computer programming: Michael Hartl's Ruby on Rails Tutorial. To succeed in this task, I will broadcast my progress here. SP helped me lose 15 pounds and understand basic nutrition. It gave a supportive community to pursue my goals. Though I'm still tracking my fitness/exercise, for the next few weeks I aim to intensely apply SP principles and methods to learn how to develop web apps.

Day 1 (today): Wow, once again the power of SP worked. I was able to slog through more than ever just by committing to doing an initial 15 minutes. I got to a halfway point in Chapter 1 of Hartl's tutorial. It wasn't as hard as I dreaded it might be. Some takeaways: 1) Ruby on Rails is the language that Twitter and Hulu were developed on, according to Hartl. 2) I installed the required software on my computer. Question: what web app would I like to develop?

I didn't do ten minutes of exercise today, but I think I'm going to try to add that to the Upside of Downsized team goals. If it is anything like what I did with the tutorial, I'll be doing yoga again very soon!

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    I think it's really awesome when we can take what we use/learn at SP and apply to other areas of our lives! emoticon

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JAHINTZY 4/20/2013 9:32AM

    great idea! good luck on your endeavor!

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RUNCHOOSE 4/19/2013 3:44PM

    Thanks everyone, I woke up with all these new comments on my blog and felt so surprised that people cared so much. You're awesome.

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DDOORN 4/19/2013 9:02AM

    Viva la SPARK! :-)


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CELIAMINER 4/19/2013 8:48AM

    I love applying SP tools and techniques to other areas of my life. Good luck on your current endeavor!

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CALGALFOX 4/19/2013 8:28AM

    Woo hoo for Spark motivation, right? I've always told my kids that they could become and expert at anything in 20 minutes a day. Sounds like you've found this power.

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BUSYGRANNY5 4/19/2013 7:14AM

    I admire people who have computer skills, as mine are very minimal! Good luck to you as you continue on your endeavor!!

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FERRETLOVER1 4/19/2013 6:33AM

    You may not have done your 10 minutes of physical exercise today, but you sure did 10 minutes (and more!) of mental exercise.

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BONNIEMARGAY 4/19/2013 3:29AM

    How exciting!

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Sparkpeople vs. MyFitnessPal: One is silver and the other gold

Thursday, April 18, 2013

I credit SparkPeople for helping me lose a herculean 15 pounds in a first-time effort. Since then I've moved on to MyFitnessPal for its mobile app and because my real-life friends are using it. But I've never closed my SP account, despite the temptation to do so. Here's why:

1. Adjustable reports. I started tracking my weight online in 2008 on SparkPeople, but MFP only lets me see one year's worth of weight-loss data. I fell away from SparkPeople for interim periods but the time I invested in inputting data is still there. It feels good to see a multi-year chart tracking my losses and gains.

2. Anonymity. Blogging about weight-loss and being unemployed can be hard to do with a name and face. SparkPeople lets me get comfortable with these stigma-filled experiences in a public space. Before SparkPeople I would never have told real-life friends my weight. This changed as I started revealing personal details to complete strangers into a server and system run by corporations that made money from having me do so. It brought me to stronger relationships and a better sense of self.

3. Shinier, happier, more productive nutrition reports. When I used SP to count calories, I had a much better sense of how well I was eating. Since I'm not going to input my food into two systems, it would be nice if I could easily download and import my food and weight info from one to another.

I'm going to stick with MFP since the app is free and helps me keep in touch with people I know in the non-Cylon world. It's also a light and simple website. But as long as SP is around for free, I'll let them reel me in from time to time.

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FTSOLK 6/18/2013 1:54PM

    Why not continue to keep your weight record on Spark? Adding your weight to a second site doesn't take that long.

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PATSYB7 4/19/2013 6:16AM

    I like the combo of Fitbit and SP. Bottom line--whatever works for you! It's about the lifestyle. Good luck on your journey and always remember, your Sparkfriends are here for you!

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RUNCHOOSE 4/18/2013 9:11PM

    @Sorgin, glad you can relate! There is definitely a mental health benefit to SP that is ingrained in its members' mostly-physical health goals. If you do try MFP, I'm curious what you end up deciding to do.

@danielwifey - thanks!

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SORGIN 4/18/2013 8:34PM

    I am like you. I LOVE the anonymous aspect of Spark. I would never share my weight or some of my weight-related struggles in the real world. Spark allows me to process some pretty raw thoughts/feelings and get feedback. Since most people don't know me or see me on a day-to-day basis, their feedback has no strings. They have nothing to lose or gain (no pun intended) by sharing their thoughts with me. I have learned so much here and appreciate the supportive nature of it all. I haven't tried MFP but keep hearing great things about it. I use an app on my phone (Runkeeper) and my Garmin to track mileage and pace. But neither of these apps track every day calorie expenditure. I should look into MFP...

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DANIELWIFEY 4/18/2013 8:11PM

    It's really interesting that you post this now. I have been on Spark for years (more or less active depending on my needs) but my friend swears by MFP. It's nice to hear the thoughts of someone who uses both!

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RUNCHOOSE 4/18/2013 6:37PM

    Yes, Nikkicole83, exactly! Thanks for the support.

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NIKKICOLE83 4/18/2013 6:06PM

    There is nothing wrong with doing both. It isn't like you are cheating. I say get what you need from each and if another app comes along, try that too. Do whatever it takes to get healthy and reach your goals.

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Life is settling down again

Monday, May 07, 2012

I'll be moving again soon but only within the same town, after having found an initial landing pad. I'm just checking in out of guilt for not having been much of a Sparker in the last few months.

The guilt I feel is mostly because I'm a supposed co-leader of my Upside of Downsized team, but I've not been doing much leading lately. I'm going to forgive myself, though, because I just went through a major life change.

I hope to keep up with folks -- and hope that I can get back to losing weight, stress and gaining speed, all with the help of SP friends.

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DDOORN 5/14/2012 10:42AM

    Great to hear from you...hey, sometimes Life Happens! Catch up when you can!


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RUNCHOOSE 5/10/2012 7:11AM

    Elaine, thanks for the well wishes!

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EOWYN2424 5/10/2012 2:47AM

    I hope everything works out fine for you!

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RUNCHOOSE 5/7/2012 9:59PM

    Hi Iffyiffy! Good to keep in touch with you, too! How have you been?

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IFFYIFFY 5/7/2012 9:51PM

    Hi there. Nice to know all is well.

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JAMBABY0 5/7/2012 9:10PM

    Remember YOU ARE WORTH IT!!! Good luck on your journey!

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