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Quirky Sparker

Friday, September 24, 2010

It's been 1.75 years on SP(Jan. '09), and two years since starting my healthy lifestyle changes (October '08). Every so often I take a look at my SP experience and just overview some things that are in my consciousness about the site.

-I continue to support it with purchases, telling others, etc. It's a great tool, and I've expressed my gratitude consistently.

-With that said, as with any relationship, it's been bittersweet and sometimes I just want to quit the site. The things that have bothered me are mostly the drug ads and ads for unhealthy goodies like Mrs. Fields cookies. When I've expressed this on blogs, everyone responded to just ignore it, that they never pay attention to the ads. Maybe it's my marketing background, but I do see ads. And I don't think drugs and cookies belong on a health site. (yes, I understand all of the oppsoing views.)

-The trivia quiz contains the same questions and answers over and over and over. Yet, I never get a monthly score over 72 percent; oftentimes, under that. Looks like someone isn't paying attention. (smiling) Makes me wonder what else I'm not paying attention to in learning healthier tips for myself. (it could be my stimulus/response lifelong thing - never tested well)

-I smile at the friends I've made here. Never thought the virtual world could become so valuable and that I'd be "meeting" so many helpful, kind people.

-I've avoided updating my page, blogging regularly (trying to get back to what I did up until recently - daily blogs), and being totally honest that I have hit a huge wall. Andreally not caring that much. Dealing with lots of death and loss has given me a "who cares" type of thing going on. I have to start caring. I'm trying. The structure of SP helps reel me into caring.

- Guess that's about it - for now.

Have a wonderful day, friends.

  
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RAINBOWFALLS 9/25/2010 8:43AM

    I have to say that I can relate to what you are saying. I gained a boat load of weight after losing my son and having an "I don't care to go on" attitude for several years. I hope that feeling doesn't consume you. Best of luck.

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2BHLTHY4LIFE 9/24/2010 11:17PM

    I have been on and off 3 times,I am determined this third time will be the charm and I will reach my goals and be healthier than thought possible. We all have or will go through this at some point,just like you and we just have to take time we need and we come to realize that the friendships we make here helps us to come back with a better and more positive attitude and renewed selves ready to dive back into where we left off! I wish you the best on your journey's and remember emoticon! emoticonDiana emoticon

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MARTY19 9/24/2010 7:46PM

    There are times when we hit a wall and then ask why we bother to care. I have done it many times and probably will continue to do so. But what keeps me going are the friendships I have made and the site itself. Nothing in life is perfect but SP comes close.
Never quite and never give up. You are making changes and slip-ups are learning experiences. Count on your friends.

Hugs,
Marty

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/24/2010 5:56PM

    I'm glad you are getting back to blogging, particularly about how you are feeling. It helps me a lot when I do that. I also feel like I know people better who do it too.

I was about ready to throw in the towel with SP about a month ago, but it's the one thing that I have found that actually helps me loss weight and motivates me to exercise (sometimes). I decided I couldn't give it up. I'm glad yo have decided the same thing too.

Kay

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LIBBYFITZ 9/24/2010 1:02PM

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/24/2010 11:41AM

    All things have positives and negatives ,I tend to think the good done by keeping the site free outweighs the negatives of some of the ads .In a Utopian world we would avoid the drug and sweets ads but as Spark maintains it is a lifestyle change there is a place for occasional treats and sometimes drugs benefits outweight their negatives , so if they are willing to support the Spark site more power to them.
Accountability there is a big one.I find logging and learning keep me going.There is so much to be gained by the experiences of others too so reading blogs help.
A friend is a friend and Spark has cottoned on to that ,the virtual world is amazing and allows us to connect with so many people who "click" with us. I feel privileged to call you friend and if nothing else beneficial had come of Spark the friends alone would have made it an amazing benefit a boost to weight loss and happiness which ties in with one another ! Thank you for being a wonderful friend and may you find every success in your journey!

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World's Oldest Man Lives In Montana. His Secret?

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Not that I'd wish this type of longevity on myself with the life I've had (smiling), but what a sweet little man. (Plus, whatever time is in store for me, it might be good to take heed.) He's 114 years old, and I heard his sweet voice on the radio news as he responded to the question about what the secret of longevity is.

"Happiness. Be satisfied with your accomplishments."

Enough said.

  
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JLITT62 9/23/2010 5:27AM

    That is a great secret! And one I really do keep working on.

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NANCYRUBIO 9/23/2010 12:10AM

    He also looks good for his age.

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/22/2010 11:10PM

    More power to him! I was always the kind to strive to improve , never satisfied with what I had accomplished on to the next thing LOL! Makes for an impressive and varied resume but apparently not good for longevity!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/22/2010 8:56PM

    I should have that tattooed on the inside of my eyelids.

Thanks for sharing.

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LIBBYFITZ 9/22/2010 6:59PM

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KAT7457 9/22/2010 5:38PM

    I saw ands read that article right before i came into sparks. wow i wonder how he does it. not many people live to be that old must be in the genes. way to go for him!!

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AMMERY 9/22/2010 5:34PM

  Well, this makes perfect sense! Happiness is also created through exercise. When we exercise, we produce endorphins which creates a euphoric effect giving us energy, enthusiasm and the power the accomplish anything!
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DIAMORROW1 9/22/2010 5:09PM

    I dont think i want to live that long but I admire him.

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HATE GENETICALLY-ENGINEERED FRUIT AND VEGGIES

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

As I listened to several different news reports last night that they are now considering selling genetically-engineered salmon, it finally dawned on me. I knew it somewhere in my psyche and taste buds, but the light never really came on.

For many summers now, addicted to watermelon, I wondered where the pits were. And why watermelons are getting more and more tasteless. I'd already ignored the tasteless tomatoes for years and accepted them. (and envied people with their own gardens who still grew veggies that tasted like they should)

Last weekend, I bought oodles of strawberries. I've been eating them non-stop, but last night, took a good look at their insides - just a shadow of their former selves. They taste like poodie. Those who've sold us the "these taste as good as the non-genetically engineered versions." NO THEY DON'T.

I hate all of these cloned fruit and veggies. And I love salmon. They said in these reports that, if you still want the "real" salmon, make sure to buy the ones labelled "wild salmon." And then someone asked the host, "what if the label is a lie?"

I'm tired of the lies we eat. They do not taste good.

  
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ERIN1957 9/22/2010 9:38AM

    ...thank you for bringing this here. We need to shop wisely and spend our money on health. We do have the power to change things with what speaks louder than a voice and that is our money. One by one we can change the world.Be informed, question and be healthy!

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LEONALIONESS 9/21/2010 8:48AM

    That's one reason I shop exclusively at Whole Foods Market - it's worth it to me to pay more for SAFE food. Also, I work there and I'm 1000% behind our food - I know how hard our buyers work and I trust in our stringent quality standards.

Do we sell some GMOs? Yes, we do. Mostly due to the fact that the vast majority of corn, canola, soy and cotton are GMO. However, as someone said above, organics disallow GMOs. Also, our private label (store brands) are always sourced from non-GMO seeds/products, even the non-organic stuff. Plus, that line is NOT expensive. Whenever they compare us to other stores in the area we are not the most expensive.

I haven't heard of GMO watermelon or berries being largely developed. that absolutely doesn't mean they aren't! I don't know it all - not by a LONG shot. I'm constantly surprised by what they do to food. :/ You could be tasting the results of breeding for quantity rather than quality. Rather like how Red Delicious apples are so bland now. They were bred to be so prolific that taste/texture was lost.

Our melons (conventional and organic) at work have been fantastic this year, ditto our berries. Luckily, melon is something local growers do here in MN and most of our melons have been coming from local farms. I've found that Driscoll's brand berries are the best tasting. We sell others but I only buy the Driscoll's - Naturpick and others disappoint.

Buy local, buy organic, avoid the GMO issue.
Also, the farm raised fish at WFM is NOT GMO.
We has incredibly strict quality standards on our seafood and GMO would be disallowed, for sure.

http://blog.wholefoodsmarke
t.com/2010/01/look-for-our-resp
onsibly-farmed-seafood-logo/

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 9/21/2010 8:18AM

    I agree so much with what you posted.

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VALERIEMAHA 9/21/2010 7:59AM

    Don't panic; But organic! Part of the criteria for "organic" disallows anything GMO.

Oh, and in solidarity:

http://www.spark
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Maha

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JERSEYGIRL1950 9/21/2010 7:36AM

    Poodie???? emoticon emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/21/2010 6:47AM

    Thanks for posting this. I didn't realize that was why so many foods were becoming so tasteless.

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JLITT62 9/21/2010 5:18AM

    Yeah, I read that article too, and all I could think of was Jurassic Park. "Nature will find a way".

How stupid can people be?

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AYAMMAYA 9/21/2010 4:06AM

    Wow! I never thought of that Jesse! Although I really love strawberry season at the Carlsbad Strawberry Fields just north of the Flower Fields and Outlet Center. They are soooo juicy! The growers ship them green to Hawaii so when I was growing up, I NEVER understood why folks enjoy these bitter fruits. The outsides would ripen beautifully, but inside...blech!!! Now I LOVE strawberries, BUT cannot stand the sour pineapples that are shipped green, arrive here looking ripe and tast HORRENDOUS!!! EWWwwww ~ Another reason to eat local fruits and local veggies.
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CHERIRIDDELL 9/21/2010 1:35AM

    You are so right ,I have wild salmon for dinner tomorrow and I can guarantee it it was caught in BC and brought to me !!!!

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LOSE4LIFE10 9/21/2010 1:28AM

  I agree and High fructose corn syrup in everything also. Why can't we go back to basics!

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Great Reminder & Motivator - Visiting Urgent Care

Monday, September 20, 2010

This morning, I helped a friend by taking him to Urgent Care. Of course, this took up most of the day and I had the chance to sit in different department's waiting rooms to witness a variety of maladies. It was a great refresher course in why maintaining a healthy lifestyle is SOOOO important. When my friend thanked me for my help, I felt like thanking him for the opportunity to remind myself that staying the course - no matter the bumps in the road - is certainly worth the ride.

Wishing all a happy Monday.

  
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SEWSWITHHOTGLUE 9/21/2010 12:31AM

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/20/2010 10:42PM

    No kidding!! I used to work as a nurse on a "tele floor". It's for people with heart problems. At least 95 percent of the patients there were there because they had eaten too much and exercised too little during the course of their lives. I always wished I could make my kids work there, if only for a few days. What an eye opener.

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PEDIPOD 9/20/2010 9:12PM

    It's a shame that we have to experience pain to be grateful for being well -- good lesson for us all.

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ALEXSGIRL1 9/20/2010 8:13PM

    i so love people who say you dont need to go to the gym boy are they wrong. you are a true friend emoticon

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AYAMMAYA 9/20/2010 4:31PM

    What an awesome friend you are!!!
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LIBBYFITZ 9/20/2010 12:07PM

    emoticonIt is a bit of an eye opener! I have been having treatment for a sore foot and on Thursday I went into the bigger room where there were people with much worse issues than me!
Made me realize how fortunate I was that it was just a foot and not my whole leg!

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REBECCAMA 9/20/2010 10:18AM

  Very true!

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RAINBOWFALLS 9/20/2010 9:01AM

    Great point and good way to look at it! thanks for sharing.

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KEBH8694 9/20/2010 8:32AM

    very true

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KAT7457 9/20/2010 2:34AM

    its amazing what you all see in the ER clinics etc.

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/20/2010 1:13AM

    It is worthwhile to see the results of not taking care every once in a while just to shake us up isn't it?

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I HAVE NEVER FORGOTTEN THROUGHOUT THESE NINE YEARS

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Not for a New York minute. God bless the family and friends of lost loved ones. In a way, we all lost loved ones on that mournful day. Always in my prayers - I will NEVER forget.

God Bless America.

  
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KAT7457 9/20/2010 2:34AM

    ANEM to that

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/13/2010 1:43AM

    It is important to remember .Freedom isn't free.

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ALEXSGIRL1 9/11/2010 1:54PM

    i will never forget either.

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