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Deleting Old Messages on My Page & It's An Eye Opener

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

First of all, anyone know an easy way to delete old messages from sparkpage other than one at a time? Over the past 10 months, over 600 messages have slowed my page down a bit when folks try to add messages. I'm going back to January to delete old ones. Wow, it's a walk down memory lane to see old friends who are no longer on SP, but who were a big part of encouragement for me. And pleasantly surprised to find folks who've been there from the beginning. Overall, it's made me feel good that I've stuck with it because I'm usually not a "joiner" and even resisted the discipline of logging in daily in the beginning. (Have to admit that I sometimes rebel now. But it doesn't last long.) In doing this, I have noticed that I have been so much more consistent in my exercising, logging food, and keeping up with current health issues. Hooray, hooray!

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1NICUBABE 11/4/2009 5:57PM

    I'm with you on the not much of a joiner thing. It is interseting to read some old comments and to even reread some past blogs. Nice to see how far we've come. Have a great week and keep on sparkin'. Mary Beth

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WOLFSPIRITS 11/4/2009 4:23PM


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    I really love reading your blogs, I enjoy your perspective, also how you make me look to my own future.

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JERSEYGIRL1950 11/4/2009 1:04PM

    I also was not a joiner I'm much more a loner hear my own music and go my own way..I've experienced the same thing some I don't see anymore and some new ones along the way...still working I'll be real consistant then days I just don't want too..but it's always a place to come and know others are here for my age I never thought I'd see the day that I would be surfing through the virtual world and be getting encouragement and support through the web..go figure..its' all good have a great day emoticon emoticon

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SKYEFYR 11/4/2009 12:32PM

  I don't know any quick answers to how to delete, but I would suggest that before you do you print those good comments out. We all have down days, and if going back and reading them can help pull you out of a slump or boost you up, it's worth the effort to print them and keep them around.

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Thanks to all Who Sent Goodies/Warm Wishes for Pampered Princess of the Week

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Just wanted to thank everyone for their warm wishes and goodies on my being selected as Pampered Princess of the Week. This has been a great team fromDay 1, and I appreciate the support, encouragement, wisdom, and advice. Very kind people. Thanks very much!

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MSLZZY 11/3/2009 10:32PM

    You should be pampered! The best for the best! emoticon

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WOLFSPIRITS 11/3/2009 7:00PM

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SKYEFYR 11/3/2009 6:54PM

  You should always treat yourself like a princess!

Congrats on the honor.

(I think I'm all caught up now!)

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Should I Give Up Dairy to Lose The Rest of My Goal Weight?

Monday, November 02, 2009

I've been eating dairy for the nutrients we know each item contains. However, I've read several articles that advise to give up dairy completely for optimal health. I'm cornfused! (smiling) Yes, I'm a cheese eater (within calorie daily goals), and I drink non-fat milk and eat eggs. Perhaps just cutting out the eggs? Having learned so much during my first year of this healthier eating adventure, I realize that there is SO much more to learn. What has worked best for you? To dairy or not to dairy, that is the question.

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SKYEFYR 11/3/2009 6:54PM

  Humans are the only ones who still consume dairy after their first year of life. Any other animal is weaned and the they lose their tollerance for it.

Studies are showing that many more people suffer from milk allergies than before realized. (And no, eggs don't count.) There are varying degrees of intollerance, but many people are happier without it. Today, it's pretty easy. Soy milk, rice milk, calcium fortified foods.... My ex was diagnosed lactose intollerant and it was really hard finding anything back then outside of going to the health food store! Oh, and they have ice cream that is lactose free. And health food stores have soy-based cheeses.

Personally, unless I start having major side effects, I'm sticking to milk. I love the stuff. My ex tells me that flavor has come a long way on the lactaid and lactose free stuff, but I'll stick to milk personally. And something to think about. If you have an intollerance and give up milk for 7-10 days, your body will really rebel if you try and put it back in. So be sure you want to know before you try! What might be a minor allergy now could become a major pita if you give it up and try and go back to it.

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FLORIDASUN 11/3/2009 9:44AM

    Hi dear one...I gave up dairy pretty radically when I went RAW/ was a stretch for me who poured 3 times as much skim milk into her cup as coffee. I gave up coffee with the RAW challenge and the first day I had a SPLITTING headache..I was a hard core coffee drinker..3-4 BIG cups every morning but nothing more throughout the day or evening. Surprisingly when I had my fruit smoothies to look forward to I completely lost the craving for it. Amazing by any stretch of the word..because I was close to an addicted coffee lover. I also LOVED cheese...all cheese any kind of cheese..the more the better.. I don't even miss it now and on my RAW/CLEAN I can still have small amounts of RAW goat cheese or sometimes when I have a Greek Salad I'll have the little bit of feta.

Here's the have to do your own research and then make your own choices...I happen to think our dairy supply, especially our milk and eggs are for the most part tainted..full of hormones and chemicals from the animals that they come from...I'm sure there are some organics out there if you can find them that still might be healthy. I also think that when these foods are tainted that they do strange things to our bodies...I'm telling you I am NEVER hungry eating REAL food...I was ALWAYS hungry eating processed food...I'm living proof..real food is the way to go!
That's my two cents worth..but you have to find your own journey..and you'll find it as soon as you start doing the research..check out my blogs..there is plenty of research to be found! Whoop da! emoticon emoticon

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HOKU-ALOHI 11/3/2009 1:28AM

  Good question...I love my fat free milk and I live my fat free soy milk. Just kind of depends on the day for me. I love mostly low fat mozzarella cheese but I also love goat cheese.

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THEADMIRAL 11/2/2009 9:13PM

    Maybe it's something to bring up with your physician? I wasn't much of a milk drinker until I married DH, who is a big-time milk lover. So I drink milk with breakfast every day. I really enjoy yogurt and have eaten it for years.
Since I'm post-menopausal and I don't like to take pills of any sort let alone calcium "horse" pills, my GYN doctor told me to eat extra yogurt.
Of course, exercise increases the strength of our bones, regardless of age.

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JUSTDOIT011 11/2/2009 3:16PM

    When I ran out of my skim milk one week, I was short on my calcium intake every day. So, I always have skim milk around now, to keep my calcium levels up. Bone mass for women peaks around the late 20s, so it's really important to build strong bones before it's literally too late and your body can't build up its bones any more. I also loooove my plain nonfat yogurt (with berries!) so I couldn't give that up. It's how I get 60+g of protein/day. Just make sure to keep all your macronutrient and micronutrient levels up, whether you decide to eliminate dairy or not!

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MSLZZY 11/2/2009 2:20PM

    I haven't given up dairy as I really like my yogurt daily.
I drink milk occasionally but even do not use butter or cream as much as I did when I was younger. I never noticed if it made a difference in weight loss or gain. Sorry, I'm not much help on this issue.

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TYLERDRANGUET 11/2/2009 1:23PM

    Maybe just a glass or two here and there, but make sure that you keep you calcium levels up. Other than that, you decision. Personally, I couldn't live without my yogurt.

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LEONALIONESS 11/2/2009 1:22PM

    I don't eat dairy or eggs (or meat or fish ... or, you know, any animal bits) and I'm perfectly healthy. It may not be necessary to give up any of them to lose weight but I feel MUCH better not eating them.

Most humans are intolerant of dairy to some degree or another. I actually just read an article about lactose intolerance actually being the norm and lactose tolerance the odd thing. It's really an American/European thing to do so much dairy.

In many cases, folks who give it up feel a lot better. When you feel borderline unwell all the time you get used to that as your baseline. When I gave up dairy I was amazed at how much better I felt.

IMO, it's worth a try. You absolutely do not need dairy to be healthy. I really dislike how it's pushed on everyone even though it's a statistical fact that most humans can't tolerate it to varying degrees. Cow milk is for baby cows. Period.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 11/2/2009 12:36PM

    I didn't start losing until I started the dairy. I needed not only the calcium but the protein as well. Go figure!

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JYATES77 11/2/2009 12:20PM

  You need the calcium and I have read that one 8oz glass of milk a day helps with wieght loss. Try giving up the cheese. emoticon

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JLITT62 11/2/2009 12:18PM

    Well, we need calcium -- but not necessarily dairy. Yeah, it's definitely confusing. I don't usually eat a whole lot of dairy, but obviously I do love my cheese. So I have it in moderation, but drink soy milk (which has its own set of problems, of course -- everything does!), eat tofu, etc. etc.

Oh, and I don't consider eggs to be dairy. They're the perfect protein! Again, in moderation.

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VVKIMBO07 11/2/2009 12:04PM

    I wouldn't give up anything you love completely. I find that giving things up make you crave them so much more and then you might indulge a little too much after a while and can derail your entire program. But that's just my personal experience from the past.

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Goodbye Daylight Savings, Hello Sunlight Lamps

Sunday, November 01, 2009

I decided to create my own indoor extended daylight this year. When darkness falls early, I feel like it's time for bed and have to push myself to make the evening hours meaningful. Really don't want to go through the winter like that. Started researching sunlamps and, to my surprise, they are actually very affordable. I found great deals on both Amazon and Ebay. For now, got two sunlight lamps and have started turning them on before the time change to see how I liked them. They are definitely a soothing influence on the indoor environment. I'll use the dark nights to get into my exercise dvd's so I don't become a hibernating bear. (smiling) Happy November to all!

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SKYEFYR 11/3/2009 6:45PM

  Thank you for the reminder! Last year I was lucky enough to work in front of a great big window and get morning sun. For the last three years I haven't had a problem with SAAD (or however you spell it). I need to think about a light right now, before it starts.

Do you really like yours? Would you recommend them?

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HOKU-ALOHI 11/1/2009 7:57PM

  Hooray Jesse! emoticonlamps sound awesome and talk about emoticon health benefits. For years Daylight Savings meant twice a year I get jet lag and have not gone anywhere. This year for the first time ever, I don't even feel it. Wow...another win thanks to SP's healthy lifestyle.
Ciao for now (((Hugs))) of Aloha ~ Maya

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MSLZZY 11/1/2009 4:06PM

    I'm checking them out today!

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Life is a Theater, ­ Invite Your Audience Carefully

Saturday, October 31, 2009

I found this on the website of a San Diego radio deejay - Delilah - and wanted to share it. Thanks, Delilah!

“Life is a Theater, ­ Invite Your Audience Carefully”

Not everyone is spiritually healthy and mature enough to have a front row seat in our lives. There are some people in your life who need to be loved from a distance.

It's amazing what you can accomplish when you let go, or at least minimize your time with draining, negative, incompatible, not-going-anywhere relationships, friendships, fellowships.

Observe the relationships around you.
Pay attention to:

Which ones lift and which ones lean?
Which ones encourage and which ones discourage?
Which ones are on a path of growth uphill and which ones are going downhill?
When you leave certain people, do you feel better or feel worse?
Which ones always have drama or don't really understand, know and appreciate you and the gift that lies within you?

When you seek growth, peace of mind, love and truth, the easier it will become for you to decide who gets to sit in the front row and who should be moved to the balcony of your life.

You cannot change the people around you, but you can change the people you are around.

Ask God for godly wisdom and discernment, and choose wisely the people who sit in the front row of your life.

- Author Unknown

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SKYEFYR 11/3/2009 6:43PM

  Lots of really good information and advice in there.

Thanks for sharing!

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YATMAMA 11/1/2009 9:40PM

    That was awesome and SO true. The healthier I become, the less tolerance I have for those who sap the life out of me, leech my strength and faith, drain my mind. Healthy people attract healthy people. Users attract users. Thank you for sharing this.


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RICH530 11/1/2009 9:58AM

    Thanks! That was great!!
Hugs, Lee

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    The older I get, the more this becomes vital to my existence. I used to collect, I select them. Who we are is influenced by so many things...the experiences we choose to participate in, how we respond to the things we can't control, AND the people we choose to surround ourselves with. Thanks for posting this...its been proven in my life and I couldn't agree more.

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VALERIENEAL 11/1/2009 9:11AM

    This is so true, there are some people who will just literally suck you dry when you are trying to help them, and then there are those who will take advantage of you.

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JUSTFOXXY 11/1/2009 9:01AM

    Great reminder that we hold the power to our destinies. We can be proactive and not reactive.

Great blog.

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WALNUT5612 11/1/2009 8:56AM

    I like that!

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LASHARINK 10/31/2009 9:47PM

    This is definitely right on the money. Thank you for sharing.

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HOKU-ALOHI 10/31/2009 4:46PM

  Yes I have learned the hard way that it is important to not fill the first row with folks holding tomatoes and trash. They can view via television where they can glean positive energy from me and I am not aware of their trash talking.

What a wonderful analogy. Love the whole idea because for the first time ever, I understand where to seat folks when they come to visit my world. This is the most fantastic helpful information for me in many years!

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1NICUBABE 10/31/2009 12:45PM

    Thanks for the great blog. Very true and inspiring.

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BOO-SHAY 10/31/2009 12:33PM

    Loved reading the article, I've not read this before and it is so true. Thanks

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MSLZZY 10/31/2009 7:43AM

    I've read this before but it still gets me thinking! Thank you!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/31/2009 6:55AM

    Thanks for the great post! It's a good reminder for me.

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JLITT62 10/31/2009 5:12AM

    "You cannot change the people around you, but you can change the people you are around."

Thanks for sharing this -- what a great line!

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RENA1965 10/31/2009 12:44AM

    Super Blog, many people use alot of energy on these going nowhere people.. My family drained me in general, so love them from a distance- another country.. Each of us in our respective countries I ain't cursing them or keep bad feelings anymore. I can even wish my own mother good health and luck.
Sometimes we have to cut the cord to survive..

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