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Tuesday, June 04, 2013

  
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DEZZIEJAMES 6/27/2013 2:23PM

    Love this. thank you for sharing!

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THIN133 6/4/2013 8:15PM

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RYDERB 6/4/2013 2:37PM

    That's FABULOUS! emoticon

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JCARDINAL 6/4/2013 2:22PM

    Love it!

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TORIAMAE 6/4/2013 1:27PM

    Awesome!

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SARLIA 6/4/2013 1:09PM

    That was great - thanks for posting. emoticon

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CHANGINGSAM 6/4/2013 11:47AM

    Aw, I love it! Haha.

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SWEETNEEY 6/4/2013 9:59AM

    OH YEAH!!!!!

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REFFIE1 6/4/2013 9:53AM

    Now that's beating yourself up, but in a good way! Cute! emoticon

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AWESOMECHELZ 6/4/2013 8:24AM

    Pretty cool - thanks! emoticon Chelsea emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 6/4/2013 7:19AM

    Love it!

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DARJR50 6/4/2013 6:54AM

  great!!!

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GOLFGMA 6/4/2013 6:53AM

    The mirror speaks to all! Very cute!

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DB1167 6/4/2013 6:39AM

    love it!!! emoticon

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BLUENOSE63 6/4/2013 6:34AM

  Very Cute! Thanks for the smile

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TURNING 37..THIS YEAR, I WILL LOVE ME DOWN TO THE SOULS OF MY FEET.

Friday, May 24, 2013

THIS YEAR..
I will love my fingers.
I will love my toes.
I will love my nose.
I will love my eyes.
I will love my hair.
I will love my ears.
I will love my mouth and the words that comes out.
I will love my cheeks.
I will love my skin.
I will love my shoulders.
I will love my arms.
I will love my elbows.
I will love my hands.
I will love my nails.
I will love my breast.
I will love my chest.
I will love my belly, even the jelly.
I will love my back.
I will love my bottom.
I will love my thighs.
I will love my knees.
I will love my shins.
I will love my calfs.
I will love my ankles.
I will love me down to the souls of my feet.

I will love and appreciate turning 37. I will grow to love me more everyday for who I am. I will learn more everyday about me and how to take care of me to the best of my abilities. I will embrace all that I have to offer. This is my birthday vow to me.







A lot of people don't have the privilege to turn 37. We are reminded of this everyday by things that happen, like in Oklahoma. I have that privilege and I am so thankful. I am so thankful to have another day with my beautiful boys and my loving husband and my cute house and my cute car, scratches and all. I am even thankful for my leg that hurts me because I have a leg to walk on. I have so many things to be thankful for. I am so so grateful.
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AFTERMYKIDS 5/27/2013 2:46AM

    AWESOME blog!! I totally agree....I will be 40 this year & some people are making a BIG deal about it. REALLY? I'm just thankful that I'm making it to 40. These days people are living this world so fast.
I hope you have a birthday just as BEAUTIFUL as you! emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHYNEWPAIGE 5/25/2013 7:30PM

    emoticon Happy, happy birthday to you! I love your attitude! I need to remember this for my next birthday. May you have many, many more!

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AWESOMECHELZ 5/25/2013 2:47PM

    I appreciate your blog, Sara, very much. I have always celebrated my birthdays since, like you said, some people don't make it. I hope you celebrate and have a lot of fun. Happy 37th Birthday! emoticon emoticon
Love, Chelsea

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SKINNYINMYHEAD 5/25/2013 7:16AM

    Nice!! I felt so good after reading this... and know you will too.. what a great promise to yourself.. Happy Birthday!

Annie

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THIN133 5/24/2013 6:50PM

    Wonderful perspective ! Thanks for sharing ! Have the best day ever !

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REFFIE1 5/24/2013 4:37PM

    It is hard to be negative when you remember what to be grateful for. Have a fabulous birthday and much joy throughout the year. emoticon

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CAROLYN_ROSE 5/24/2013 1:33PM

    Happy Happy Birthday!!!!!!

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 5/24/2013 12:36PM

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TURTLESLOW14 5/24/2013 12:27PM

    Happy BIRTHDAY to you and hope your day is a great one!!!! You are such a supportive wonderful friend and am very glad to know you!!!! I turn 37 this year too, lets make it the best year we can!

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CHANGINGSAM 5/24/2013 10:35AM

    I love this blog. This is such a great perspective! Happy birthday, friend! Hope it's a good one! emoticon

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LOPEYP 5/24/2013 7:59AM

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EWL978 5/24/2013 6:51AM

    WOW!!!! Yes, looking at Moore, OK you are truly lucky!! I think that same when I hear about the Boston Marathon!!

Keep on keeping on...you make a great example.

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STEVIEBEE569 5/24/2013 6:20AM

    That's right Girlfriend! Loving it! Have a terrific birthday!

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Cry Just a Little..

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

That song is in my head, which is fitting. Yesterday was a hard day. I let emotions get the best of me and I had a bad emotional eating day. Mother's day is hard for me sometimes and I was/am jealous over something that I couldn't control. Why? I don't know. I'm not normally a jealous person but this got me for some reason. And I'm just disappointed in myself for not trying hard enough I guess to get to where I want to be. Just had a bad pouty day yesterday. It happens. So I'm getting it all out so I can start fresh today. Laying it all out there. Leaving it on the table. I DO NOT want to carry any of that with me today. I WILL NOT. I am human. I have bad days. I pout, I scream , I shout, I get jealous, I get sad, I get mad, I have doubts. But I can do this. I can do this. I can do this. I will not let trivial things get in my way. I will not let bad days get in my way. I will not let what other people do or say get in my way. I will not let ME get in my way. I am worth more than this. I am worth more than a binge is worth. I am worth more than staying in a funk and more than what depression can do to me. I am worth more than that. I CAN NOT AND WILL NOT let sadness take me down. I will feel it and I will deal with it. It will not own me. I am worth more than that.

Yes, I already used this just the other day, but I want to see it and hear again. :)

  
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SKINNIESOMEDAY 5/18/2013 1:05PM

    Very good blog and Yes we all have these days and you did the right thing for you and sometimes we just have to pour it all out there to GET rid of it !!

move forward and get better !!

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SWEETNEEY 5/11/2013 12:05PM

    You're only human (remember that song) emoticon emoticon

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JITZUROE 5/9/2013 1:11PM

    Great blog. I too share a common stress/sadness/emotional funk with mom's day.
And i have not seemed to escape the emotional eating around it yet in past years.
I actually caught myself thinking about the upcoming 'event' this weekend since it never gets easy. And I am married to a am who is hopelessly glued to his mom, so while I get 'weird' on mom's day, he unintentionally adds guilt to my plate (since he stays here to care for me instead of flying home to see his mom). Ugh, it's so haaaaaard!
But we will get through this weekend. Yesssss we will!
Hugs,
Bren

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SANDY-TOES 5/9/2013 1:07PM

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MSMOSTIMPROVED 5/8/2013 6:09PM

    Hugs to you for getting right back on track. Wallowing only makes it worst. High five for moving forward!!!

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REFFIE1 5/8/2013 6:05PM

    Sometimes, I get strange moods and really don't know where they have come from. It is hard to deal with them and not turn to food. So your blog is great inspiration. We can do this! Happy Mother's Day in advance! emoticon

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TAYGRL 5/8/2013 11:59AM

    Hang there! You ARE worth it!

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RYDERB 5/8/2013 11:23AM

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CHANGINGSAM 5/8/2013 9:32AM

    I'm right there with you. Last weekend plus the first couple of days this week have been emotional for me, and I have binged every single time. We are human, and we will have the emotions, but we have to deal with them in a healthier way. Bingeing isn't the answer. So, let's pick ourselves up and keep at it. Today's a brand new day. emoticon

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ADVENTURESEEKER 5/8/2013 9:02AM

    I felt your emotions through this blog. YOU are so worth it!!!



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AWESOMECHELZ 5/8/2013 8:20AM

    Your blog is extremely powerful.....It is an amazing, sharing experience and I thank you. I have been there many times in my life and it is very hard to get up and go after a fall. The other day I read the following in a blog: "I fell seven times and got up eight". Very powerful to me. I thank you for your honest sharing and your great spirit, and I wish for you a beautiful day.

Love, Chelsea emoticon

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REVIVED 5/8/2013 8:05AM

    I needed that. We're both gonna be successful cuz we're not giving up!

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DB1167 5/8/2013 7:06AM

    Hugs!! I hate days like those. I often have the hatred thoughts as well. I wish the best for you and Many HUGS!! Take care!

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THIN133 5/8/2013 6:50AM

    Sara, so sorry to hear you had a bad emotional day yesterday. We all have them! It stinks & sometimes , we don't have any control over them, life happens & sometimes it's simply not pleasant. I totally understand what you are saying ! Know that you are not alone in this ! You are so worth taking care of ! You are a great woman, your family loves you, you have friends. Try to remember that despite the bumps in the road, life is good . Try to shake it off, remind yourself of all the wonderful people & things in your life & focus on them instead of the things that are making you feel blue ! You can do this! I know you can ! Food doesn't fix any of our emotions or problems, if we let food rule us, it only causes more trouble for us , if we give the control to the food ! Remember you have a lot of support & you are a dear, you touch a lot of people's lives . You are special ! You are worth it , my friend ! emoticon

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BLOGGING OR POSTING OR BOTH?

Friday, May 03, 2013

I was just thinking about how I don't blog as much as I used to, but I guess my needs are still being fulfilled through my group. A lot of things I would blog about I post about now instead so I shouldn't feel guilty or that I'm lacking. I still do my quotes and inspirational photos that I love. I still do my affirmations and goals and touch base almost everyday. SO I guess If you ever miss me, come see me there! :D
Not saying I won't blog anymore at all. Just why it's not daily like it used to be. ;)
Do you do one more than the other?

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 5/6/2013 10:32AM

    I blog to workout my thoughts and post when there is something that I can contribute to. emoticon

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SKINNIESOMEDAY 5/4/2013 1:10PM

    I think that I definitely post more than I blog but I love reading blogs also !!


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MOSTMOM1 5/4/2013 10:09AM

    I only blog once a week, but I post in different teams more often. That combo seems to work for me.

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PATRICIA441 5/3/2013 8:12PM

  I do not blog every day but I do go onto my groups and leave comments. Just keeping in touch works well. Have a great weekend and emoticon

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AWESOMECHELZ 5/3/2013 8:02PM

    Sharing is sharing. emoticon Chelsea

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JCARDINAL 5/3/2013 3:08PM

    I'm not big on blogging but I do post every day.

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REFFIE1 5/3/2013 2:42PM

    I like blogging best because sometimes hidden thoughts come 0ut or I get inspiration. I also like to post because I love the opportunity to help others and to let them know people care. You are great at both! emoticon

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RYDERB 5/3/2013 12:28PM

    I've always been a poster over a blogger. I only blog when I need to keep track of an event or a stage in my journey. I use my teams for more of a daily accountability.


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CHANGINGSAM 5/3/2013 12:15PM

    As always, I love reading your posts; however, this is about you. Not me. Not anyone else. If you feel the need to blog, then do so! If not, that's ok too! emoticon

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BABCIATEA 5/3/2013 9:40AM

    These are similar techniques aren't they , but the audience is different I guess and probably blogs would be more general interest things for me and posting more a specific relating to a team . Just one way to see it

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SWEETNEEY 5/3/2013 8:17AM

    I blog extensively, my post are cryptic.

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DB1167 5/3/2013 6:52AM

    I like to blog big happenings in my journey or something funny that has happened with our family. With Summer coming my internet time has decreased majorly! I am not on nearly as much as I used to be. I like reading everyones posts/blogs when I do have time. Have a great day :)

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SPARKPEOPLE IDEAS|SUGGESTIONS A-Z

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

On one of the teams for leaders there is an idea/suggestion forum where you can put your ideas for SP. I started a list a little while back. Thought I would share..

A. Can we please have at least 5 sticky topics visible. In the first forum on the team page 5 topics are visible and that's not too bad but all forums under that only 3 are visible and if you have 3 sticky topics all other topics go unseen because not many people really click on See More Topics on a daily basis.

B. Can we have maybe.. 7 topics visible in each forum without having to click on See More Topics?

C. Have the option to delete posts? (People and computers screw up at times.) :)

D. Have full editing options on goals? (again we all goof at times and would like to make changes.)

E. Have a better system to invite your spark friends to become members? (including multiple at a time and showing who is already a member)

F. Have a better system to give goodies? (giving multiple out at a time)

G. Almost forgot this one! Sticky post within a sticky topic! Please, Please, Please! :)
Example:
SUGGESTION BOX (sticky topic)
Here post your thousands of suggestions we know you have building up inside! (sticky post)

H. Ability to lock threads so then you don't have to worry about posting, "DO NOT REPLY!" Some people miss that part and post anyway, so it would be a help.

I. More editing options within post and blogs. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, just ability to type bold face, center text, use italics, underline, that sort of thing.

J. Oh and I still think allowing images in posts WITH RESTRICTIONS would be really fun. It would be great for challenges. You can limit size and number of images per post. I know a lot of people do not agree, but this is just my opinion. I think doing challenges with images every now and then could be motivating and a lot of people are very uncomfortable with putting a blog out there so this would encourage their participation.
I don't know.. maybe for example..
Challenge:
Try one new recipe this week with all natural non-processed foods and show off your achievement by sharing your recipe and a picture of your dish!!

or..

Make a vision collage of your fitness and health goals for this year and share it here!

That sort of thing. :)

K. This is something I've thought about off and on for awhile now.
If you've been on SparkPeople for a long time chances are you have a TON of friends. Problem is some of them may not have even logged in for over a year. I think it would be fantastic if there was a way that SP could have on each spark page a "last logged in on.." message somewhere. OR if like on spark teams where you go on and it says "Inactive Team" there could be a message like that. Some sort of way to help clean up your friends list from time to time? That would be a BIG help!

L. TEAM/CHALLENGE WITH WEEKLY ACTION STEPS Ability to have the challenges with action steps like the SparkPeople challenges have to help get new members settled in.

M. Ability to move posts to keep forums organized. This was a BIG help in a photography forum I was a moderator in. We were able to move member posts that should have been posted under certain topics. Really kept things organized and not such a jumbled mess. I'm begging, please give moderators/leaders more control options within the forums to help keep things organized including moving posts, locking threads, deleting posts, etc.

N. Ability to sort team members/friends alphabetically.

O. Message Preview would be awesome when sending messages to the team!

P. Have ability to search your blogs. If you are like me and blog a lot and then one day you may want to go back and find something you blogged about, you'll find it's impossible to find. If we could have a search bar to search our blogs that would be fabulous!!

Q. When choosing spark page color it would be GREAT if we could sample the background for it. If you're used to working with blogs, websites, or images you know what I'm talking about. You would click on choose background color then when you move your mouse over it would turn into a dropper and it would automatically choose the color you click on so you can match the center page with your background page. :)
Either that or allow you to enter a color number to match it manually.

R. I LIKE THIS! I would LOVE it if we could have an I LIKE THIS! button on message board posts like there is on statuses.

S.Have a NEW POSTS! button at the top of each forum that you can click to see any new posts within that forum. A lot of replies and posts go unseen.
Again, this was used in another forum and very useful, so I know it can be done. Please think about it!! :)

T. Here's a non-forum one..
I would LOVE an app for Smart TV's/Apple TV with all of the fitness videos available!! There's not enough room for me to do them well here where my computer is. It would be so convenient to have a SP app on my TV! emoticon

Pretty soon I'll have the whole alphabet! :D

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MSMAKEOVER 5/12/2013 3:31PM

    Great ideas! Thanks for sharing.

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HAWTGRANNY2014 4/30/2013 1:55PM

    Great ideas...sowa your brain hurt from al that exercise LOL.
Hope they read these and make them happen. I hate having on 3 stickies because there are so many that are important. emoticon

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 4/30/2013 10:18AM

    Sounds good

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REVIVED 4/30/2013 10:16AM

    I second all of these. And I like the nutrition tracker suggestion a lot too. I would add to that that I would really like more meal plan suggestions that are more tailored. There's so much processed food in sparkpeople's meal plans which I try to stay away from. Even a gluten free plan or vegan plan.


Also some new spark goodies. That's probably really petty but I get bored with them!

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ADVENTURESEEKER 4/30/2013 9:21AM

    I also think sparkpeople needs to have a trophy for 1500 fitness minutes, and even 2000 minutes. I also think sparkpeople should allow minutes over 120 to count. For example, my 18k time was 127 minutes. Only 120 minutes counted. Seriously?! Trust me, I felt EVERY minute of that run! And I still have 20k, 22k and my half times to go. It'll be sad that they won't count.

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AUNTB63 4/30/2013 7:39AM

    I do like your list. Could you add another and maybe pass it on to someone who could look at the idea? On the Nutrition Tracker favorites....have a way of removing multiple choices instead of one at a time. After a couple of years there are many duplicates and no longer used items in the category. Thanks.

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