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. :)
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?
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! :)
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..
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!!
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!
Pretty soon I'll have the whole alphabet! :D
So far nothing has come of any of them, but you never know!!
Monday, April 29, 2013
OUT OF THE 8 COLORS OF FITNESS, I AM PURPLE HARMONY.
Fitness Color: Royal Purples, Pursuers with a Plan
Motivation, Approach, and Focus
It is in the nature of Purples to orient toward a routine, become comforted by it, and take pleasure in completing their plan as envisioned. Active Purples are occupied with a constant quest for increased competency and self-improvement and believe they should be sufficiently disciplined to make a place and time for regular exercise. Purples approach exercise purposefully and always with a plan—often a loosely envisioned plan, but nevertheless, a plan.
They will research, study, consult authorities, and do whatever is needed to collect information. However, with confidence and independence as trademarks of their personality, they trust their own ability to pull together their exercise program, complete with categories such as cardio, strength, and flexibility. As Intuitves, they readily see the mind/body/soul connection and will often include exercise with that focus as a category.
Purples are attracted to variety and experiment with different approaches from time to time, but are soon drawn back to exercise they can make routine. They prefer a consistent approach to exercise. Once exercise takes on an established pattern, Purples comfortably maintain that routine. As natural planners, they’ll easily pack their gym bag to prepare for their personal needs before and after their workout. They take advantage and enjoy the amenities of a well appointed club—all part of the routine.
Friendly, outgoing, and energetic, Purples walk with confidence and speak with certainty. With their natural attraction to the outer world, Purples frequently do not give themselves enough time alone to access their more creative inner side. Purples often find exercise a perfect way to have that time alone and connect with their creative side. Many report that while engaged in repetitive cardio activities which do not require focused attention, they get into a mental zone. While on automatic pilot, their mind goes elsewhere, which often provides refreshing creative thoughts.
Environment and Interpersonal Connections
Purples prefer to control their own environment and can be surprisingly disturbed by what they perceive as out-of- place elements in their surroundings. Many report they become so distracted by such non-conducive factors in an environment that it actually interferes with their ability to enjoy and maintain an exercise program. (For example, loud music, stray dumbbells, or messy equipment.)
Purples are energized by exercising with people in the environment, and they find it pleasing to be around others doing the same thing, without necessarily interacting with them. Too much interaction requires energy and takes them out of that sought after mental zone.
Purple Efficients (ENTJ)
Purple Efficiencies employ a trainer to achieve targeted results with a minimum of wasted effort. The relationship is business-like and impersonal.
Purple Harmonies (ENFJ)
Purple Harmonies enjoy friendly and encouraging trainers. They respond best to those who communicate interest and caring, while at the same time remaining committed to helping them reach their goals.
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