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History of Valentine's Day

Sunday, February 14, 2010

There are varying opinions as to the origin of Valentine's Day. Some experts state that it originated from St. Valentine, a Roman who was martyred for refusing to give up Christianity. He died on February 14, 269 A.D., the same day that had been devoted to love lotteries. Legend also says that St. Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer's daughter, who had become his friend, and signed it "From Your Valentine". Other aspects of the story say that Saint Valentine served as a priest at the temple during the reign of Emperor Claudius. Claudius then had Valentine jailed for defying him. In 496 A.D. Pope Gelasius set aside February 14 to honour St. Valentine.

Gradually, February 14 became the date for exchanging love messages and St. Valentine became the patron saint of lovers. The date was marked by sending poems and simple gifts such as flowers. There was often a social gathering or a ball.

In the United States, Miss Esther Howland is given credit for sending the first valentine cards. Commercial valentines were introduced in the 1800's and now the date is very commercialised. The town of Loveland, Colorado, does a large post office business around February 14. The spirit of good continues as valentines are sent out with sentimental verses and children exchange valentine cards at school.

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FLMOMX2 2/15/2010 7:37AM

    Interesting! emoticon emoticon

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KRITTERKEEPERS 2/14/2010 11:33PM

    Thank you for the history of Valentines day.
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LISANANCY 2/14/2010 8:27PM

    Interesting. Thank you for taking time to show us the meaning of Valentine's Day. Hope it was a good one for you and your family emoticon

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ALEXSGIRL1 2/14/2010 8:13PM

    thanks for the info emoticon

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BASKETLADY6 2/14/2010 7:25AM

    I like learning about the history of different holidays. I've also found Valentine's Day has an interesting history. I also like the history of the Mardi Gras and others too.

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LESLIE_2B_LESS 2/14/2010 12:57AM

    Interesting blog...hard sometimes to figure out why we celebrate some holidays!


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    I remember exchanging valentine's with my classmates when I was in grade school. That has been a long time ago.


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Every Day Should be Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Wishing all my sparkfriends a wonderful Valentine's weekend. But I do feel like every day should be lived like a holiday - full of love and kindness.

And when you're being kind and loving to others, don't forget to be patient and kind to yourself as well.

Big hugs.

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BASKETLADY6 2/14/2010 7:26AM

    I do so agree---every day should be one of love and kindness AND it's important to love ourselves and treat ourselves kindly.

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HICALGAL 2/14/2010 5:48AM

    love and kindness every day to others and ourselves...should be a priority. thanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 2/14/2010 2:43AM

    I agree wholeheartedly! We had a blast celebrating the Chinese NEw Year today , tomorrow we will have our Valentine's Day party ! I wish I could teleport you up here to join the festivities!

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CLARA2805 2/13/2010 9:50PM

    Sounds like a great idea! I just think the holiday should be minus the chocolate, it's been a rough week, hahahaha! Too much temptations!

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Training Wheels

Friday, February 12, 2010

I view my past 1.5 years since starting this healthier lifestyle a period of training wheels. After a lifetime of poor eating habits (I thought I was educated and ate well - smiling), the numerous tools I have learned are just beginning to sink in.

The more progress I think I've made, the more I see remaining. The more I think I've learned, the more there is to be integrated into my daily life.

For example, portion control. What an eye opener. However, I realize that I have to keep reminding myself until it becomes ingrained.

At first, I was impatient for changes. But let's be real. After a lifetime of what becomes habit (and sometimes addiction when you learn how foods are processed to keep us coming back), it is unrealistic to think that a magic wand of 1.5 years is going to bring complete change.

However, I am happy with my learning curve. One of these days, I know I'll be ready to take off the training wheels and that's when the rest of the weight will come off.

Thanks SP, and my friends here, for the support. Have a wonderful day.

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THEADMIRAL 2/13/2010 12:42PM

    I really like the training wheels metaphor! Progress, not perfection! emoticon And we are! emoticon

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LISANANCY 2/13/2010 9:02AM

    Yes, we do have a big challenge with the learning curve. I noticed this too. I am being patient with myself but I am starting to see some interesting changes in my attitude. You are so right, You just keep going I am sure we will both get A's this semester. emoticon

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AMYMLE 2/12/2010 11:04PM

    Thoughtful and well-put, Jesse.

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MARTY19 2/12/2010 8:09PM

    What a wonderful post. This is a learning curve and we all need to re-think our ways of dealing with all our bad habits. I read something interesting about learning (or re-learning) To change a bad habit. It takes 27 times to stop the old behavior and start the new one. I should be so lucky. My years of bad eating habits will take more that almost 2 years on SP but I (like you) will persevere and we will be successful.


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ALEXSGIRL1 2/12/2010 6:32PM

    you are doing excellent. i made stove top stuffing tonight never again pass the water way to much salt. next time i make my own. emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 2/12/2010 5:40PM

    What a great analogy ,I agree whole heartedly.Though I sometimes long for a magic wand .Sadly it isn't there and as a former skinny ,I find it incredibly hard to deal with the fact that I can no longer eat whatever I want (at least not without consequences I am not prepared to deal with ,my relationship with the Goodyear blimp is strained indeed!)

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FLMOMX2 2/12/2010 1:58PM

    emoticon Awesome analysis of the situation. We will succeed!! emoticon

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SKYEFYR 2/12/2010 1:58PM

  So much to learn. So much to keep learning. As long as we keep learning thought, we're doing a good job. And you're doing a fantastic job! Remember, the main side effect of all this effort is that we get healthier and smarter about our health too!

We'll do this. I'm glad I've got you as a sparkbuddy on this journey!

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PURPLEBABYBEE 2/12/2010 11:37AM

    emoticon emoticonwe all can

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JLITT62 2/12/2010 10:58AM

    I really admire your attitude. I get so frustrated sometimes!

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X_SPARKY_RED 2/12/2010 10:45AM

    i believe we will never stop learning! and that is a great thing...
hopefully we all can take off those "training-wheels" someday...

smile! emoticon

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After a Month's Hiatus, And Yesterday's Blog, I Stepped On the Scale...Hooray! Hooray!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

I was determined to break the freeze between me and my estranged scale (which I divorced about a month ago).

What a great surprise to see that I've maintained my 34 lb. loss. Yes, I would like to get busy with the rest of the 16 lbs and get off this forever plateau. In the meantime, I'm so happy that I've kept this weight off.

Thanks again to all my friends for sharing this "fun" adventure. Have a great day.

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HICALGAL 2/13/2010 1:34AM

    congratulations on maintaining your weightloss. WTG girlfriend!! on to the last 16 lbs....woohoo!! emoticon

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SKYEFYR 2/12/2010 1:48PM

  On the bright side, we can see the "up" side of it not going up! I know, but we have to laugh about it or we'd be crying. I'm thinking of putting my scale away for a while. At least it'll keep me from being depressed!

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FLMOMX2 2/12/2010 8:02AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon So glad that you did so great. You can finish this.

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THEADMIRAL 2/11/2010 7:56PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Hurray for you! emoticon

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LISANANCY 2/11/2010 7:38PM

    See you are doing things right. Just keep going. emoticon

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ALEXSGIRL1 2/11/2010 7:14PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonnow mix it up and drink more water and you may get your wish emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARTY19 2/11/2010 4:14PM

    emoticon That is awesome!


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CHERIRIDDELL 2/11/2010 12:17PM

    Excellent and spring is coming I always lose some more in spring ,nature of the beast LOL!

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KALATHIA 2/11/2010 11:25AM

    Congratulations! Great job!

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JERSEYGIRL1950 2/11/2010 10:10AM

    Well I happy you two got back together LOL..Tha's how I have to look at the pictures I'M a PROFESSIONAL MAINTAINER...which I hear is the hard part..just wish I was mantaining at goal LOL. have a great day! emoticon

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RICH530 2/11/2010 10:02AM

    emoticon Now you know you can do it!!! Sometimes we just need to take a break. I'm glad that you and your scale are friends again!! I know you can get to your goal in no time!!! I'm here for you!!
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MERLINANDME 2/11/2010 9:49AM

    Maintaining is more important than losing in the final analysis. It is better to maintain a loss than to lose and gain and lose and gain and, well, you get the picture. I am so happy for you.

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PARKERB2 2/11/2010 9:48AM

    Good for you. Getting away sometimes helps if you keep up the good habits learned from Spark People. emoticon

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LITTLEBUTTON09 2/11/2010 9:48AM

    emoticon Maintaining is always the hardest!! Keep it up!

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Dusting Off My Estranged Scale

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

About a month ago, I blogged that I was divorcing my scale. Guess I meant business because yesterday I smiled to see it is a bit dusty from lack of use.

Long story short, up until the time when I started this healthier lifestyle (October 08), I never even owned a scale. I never had a weight problem, so I just went by how my clothes fit.

A few years ago, hormonal changes, heavy work schedule (less exercising), stress, and eating like I always had (since I didn't gain weight, I was spoiled and ate anything in any amount) startled me into the discomfort of a body that had packed on extra pounds.

When I first bought the scale in 08, I hated the fact that I had to break my track record of never weighing myself. But I realized that I needed to track progress. Then things went the other weigh (pun intended -smiling). The weekly weigh-ins became daily and then the numbers on the scale became the focus.

I have put the scale on hiatus for awhile and I think it's time to find out how I've done this month. Been going by measurements and how clothes fit. I'll probably go back to weekly weigh-ins, but why bother? Since I've been on this forever plateau, and nothing moves, it seems futile. Can't help but be curious though.

I still stick to doing all the good stuff (despite no further loss) to stay healthy. I'm also in the process of re-evaluating my program to give myself a new push.

Wishing all a wonderful day.

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FLMOMX2 2/11/2010 7:55AM

    Scales are an awful part of our lives. I love the idea of divorcing the scale.

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1NICUBABE 2/11/2010 4:28AM

    I hear ya! I have been on a plateau with the same 2-3 pounds gained and lost so many times I can't even count. I too decided to give the scale a break. I will weigh in and measure every 2 weeks now ( trying to wean myself from the daily obsession). I changed up my exercise routine and am hoping that will break this plateau. Unfortunately I got sick right after I started the new routine and am now just getting back to feeling better so we'll see how it goes in 2 weeks. Hang in there. You are doing the right things, the scale just doesn't want to admit it!

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SUEJENN 2/11/2010 12:14AM

    Sometimes those scales become that nasty little creature sitting on your shoulder whispering horrible things into your ear. I have gained 15 lbs. in that last 18 weeks on chemo and they tell me it doesn't just drop off. I do believe I will use your plan. See how my clothes fit and how easily I can bend over and tie up my shoes or not. Good luck.

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SKYEFYR 2/10/2010 8:01PM

  So you said you had a fantastic birthday, but what did you actually do?

I'm ready to toss my scale out the window. Friday is my official weigh in. I stepped on the other day and was thrilled, and now every day I'm less thrilled as it creeps back up to where it started. I"m ready to start playing the lottery cause if I win I'll be able to afford liposuction!

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JCORYCMA 2/10/2010 5:57PM

    You know how my break up went with the scale! Lol! Hang in there and keep trying different things with your calories and your exercise. You'll hit a combo that busts through the plateau!
Hang in there!

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RICH530 2/10/2010 5:08PM

    I hear ya!!! You sound just like I am listening to myself!!! I, however, did not put my scale away. Maybe I should have. I have been on this plateau forever it seems and just keep bouncing the same 2-3 pounds up and down!! If you figure out what we are doing that is not working maybe you could share it with me. I promise to do the same!!! Good luck to you!!
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JERSEYGIRL1950 2/10/2010 1:48PM

    I'm thinking about a separation for a while it's been almost a year with the same 3-5 pounds...and sparkfriends applauding the same pound lost LOL...I've upped the calories and upped the cardio intensity shorter durations the hour walk just not cutting it we will see..stay positive , make a change I already feel better that's why the separation cause if it doesn't tell me something nice..well you know how that goes...need to court the tape measure now. LOL Hugs

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THEADMIRAL 2/10/2010 1:39PM

    I used to hate my scale. I now have a speaking relationship with it, but it's still not a warm friendship. emoticon But I accept its role in my life that it looks at me and tells me how faithful I've been to my nutrition and exercise goals. Not everyone's scale will do that, but my mine does.
I hope your curious mind will be pleased by what your dusty scale says. I KNOW you're doing good things for yourself. emoticon

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MYFEETHURT 2/10/2010 1:09PM

  A spark friend told me..scales are for fishes! LOL really does seem that when I give myself a rest from that darn scale...I tend to lose. I think it's because I don't see that drop in my weight and relax my program. Know what I mean? Keep going in the right what you eat, how much you eat and exercise regularly...and it will go down. emoticon

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JHADZHIA 2/10/2010 12:50PM

    Its actually good to not make yourself a slave to the scale. How you feel should be most important, followed by fitting into your normal clothes. On my maintenance I plan to weigh myself once a week and not sweat the small stuff. Weight fluctuates too much to do a day to day thing. Good luck revamping your program. Maybe something new will perk you up!

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CHERIRIDDELL 2/10/2010 12:12PM

    I have one of those new fangled scales that even measures bodyfat composition , I became a bit obsessed with it ,like you prior to my accident I never had to worry I was the long tall woman in the black dress and measured my weight by how clothes fit .Sadly NSAIDS (anti-inflammatories) combined with the drugs that regulate the nerve damage caused me to emulate a balloon .So my scales and I became close really close , now I am trying to distance myself but still keep am eye on the numbers !

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LISANANCY 2/10/2010 12:01PM

    Ah, that's the trick to give yourself another push. considered yourself pushed, there. keep going. That demon number on the scale IS NOT YOU. You are getting healthy with your program. emoticon

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PAMNANGEL 2/10/2010 12:00PM

    Good luck to you and your scale. I'm sure you can make the relationship work out.

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DEMULLOY 2/10/2010 11:55AM

  It sounds like befriending the scale is good for you. I sincerely hope you succeed!

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