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Is Big Brother Watching?

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Do you ever get the feeling that the world wide web knows too much about you?

Case in point, I was researching mattresses a few weeks ago. So shortly after I started posting on the SparkPeople message boards that I wanted opinions, the mattress companies began popping up in the advertisement banners on my SparkPeople screens--all of them: the Start Page, my SparkPage, my SparkPoints screen, my SparkTeam page, EVERYWHERE!

Then just moments ago I made a comment on a Message board that "my dear mother had knee surgery" and can't walk for long periods. Instantly I see chair lifts on the ad banners on my SparkPeople screens.

I know ads are what pays the bills at SparkPeople headquarters. That's what keeps the content growing and we users get by free of charge.

YES, I'm convinced that Big Brother (Advertiser) is watching me!

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DOROTHYBERO 5/28/2012 7:18AM

    They are everywhere and the internet has just open more doors for them.

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    yep....they are always watching! I finally just shrugged my shoulders and said, "At least I see ads that pertain to things I want to see or be reminded about!"

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WOUBBIE 5/24/2012 6:32PM

    If you use Windows/Internet Explorer use Control + Shift + P to get "InPrivate Browsing". On a Mac there's not a standard shortcut, though "Private Browsing" is also offered. Here's a quick way to assign a keystroke combo to toggle it on and off:

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GODZDESIGN95 5/24/2012 6:17PM

    we are being watched for sure and face book is everywere in spark people when you change your activity comments, when you do a new blog etc. I do not want face book, myspace, or twitter.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 5/24/2012 3:43PM

    I don't know about the knee comment, but I do know that when you do a search for something, a trail of "cookies" is often left behind. Other sites use that to generate ads that they think will be interesting to you.

I always laugh when another site puts up the SparkPeople ad for me.

Comment edited on: 5/24/2012 3:44:19 PM

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Skip the Elevator and Take the Stairs

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Now that I'm on this new life mission, I am aware that I used to take the lazy way in and around multi-level structures. I'm proud to say that is the OLD ME!

Tonight I skipped the shortcuts, though I had opportunities to take elevators or escalators. MDH and I walked the four levels to our seats at Busch Stadium to watch the World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals play the San Diego Padres.

It feels good to get there by my own two feet without benefit of electronic or motorized methods. I'm blessed to have that capability and will never take it for granted!

Walk on!

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SUNSET09 5/29/2012 2:06PM

  And they won! Whoo, hoo! Wasn't the steps worth the trip and we learn something about ourselves, we can do more the next time around! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SOCDIRECTOR 5/24/2012 3:17PM

    I kind of pity the person who can't make the walk.

But, then again, I don't know their situation. Maybe it's an individual who just had knee surgery and is going into the pool to walk the shallow end.

For example, my dear mother is in that situation. She's 72 and has had one knee replaced and is waiting on the approval from her surgeon to do the other knee -- but only after the new knee is strong enough. So she walks the pool at her club every weekday to improve her strength. She has a handicap tag to hang on her rear view mirror because she looks healthy but is not capable of walking great distances.

Just a thought that we may not know the whole truth because we only see the surface.

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NAYPOOIE 5/24/2012 12:49PM

    Too true, Woubbie. I guess it isn't really exercise unless you're in the gym.

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WOUBBIE 5/24/2012 12:36PM

    Good for you! It never fails to make me roll my eyes when I see someone sitting in their car in the YMCA parking lot waiting for a spot to open up close to the entrance.


No, really.

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8 Glasses of Water Has It's Rewards

Monday, May 21, 2012

Since I've been taking this 8 glasses or more idea seriously, I've noticed that it makes a difference. My between meal cravings are gone for the most part. I'm dry mouth a lot so I drink more.

I used to have to flavor my water, but now I prefer it plain out of the (filtered) tap. I can tell that makes a huge difference.

The containers I choose for both my workouts/cardio and just hanging out each holds 24 oz. When I have emptied any combination of three full containers, I know I'm good and the rest of my intake is just a more splash!

Then I also noticed something else surprising. This past weekend my Nutrition Page has added more water to my countdown. I can also add more than the standard number of 7 vegetable servings. Kind of a cool added feature that I must have earned along the way.

Following the advice of SparkPeople, both novice and professional, has changed me and my profile for the better. I'll go finish my 11th glass now!

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SCHWAYTHIN 5/24/2012 4:05PM

    I've been making 8-glasses-a-day a focus for myself this month, and I have noticed that I feel less hungry and the weight seems to be coming off just a teeny bit faster.

Congratulations to you--11 glasses, that's amazing! emoticon Cheers!

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WILDBEANERZ 5/24/2012 3:44PM

    I agree! I drink 100 oz of water a day. Before I started losing weight I barely drank any water. Now I barely ever drink anything else. I definitely believe there is some key between losing weight and drinking water.

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NICKI984 5/22/2012 9:01PM

    I need to follow your example and get going on the water. I'm so bad with this!

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ADZY86 5/22/2012 9:20AM

    I really feel like getting in enough water is the secret to all this weight loss malarkey! emoticon When I don't drink enough water, it's harder to lose weight. I don't know if that's because of water retention, or because I tend to eat less when I'm drinking enough, or if water has some secret magic ingredient that helps shed the pounds! Whatever the reason, we all gotta guzzle guzzle guzzle emoticon

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WOUBBIE 5/22/2012 8:28AM

    Good job! It's a tough habit to master but an excellent one! Getting enough water is probably the best starting point for so many other healthy choices. People learn to live with partial dehydration for so long that they no longer recognize it, but it makes you fatigued, unfocused, and thirst is often mistaken for hunger (since a lot of non-water drinkers tend to get the liquid they need daily from their food).

Comment edited on: 5/22/2012 9:03:57 AM

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Summer, Summer, Summer!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

School is officially out for SUMMER!

There are exactly three months of other activities in the works. It's taken a lot of preparation but I think we finally have these days of summer vacation all scheduled.

Most of the time it's going to be FUN, FUN, FUN for Kirk. As for me, just call me MOM TAXI! I wouldn't have it any other way!

Here's to our little Family Circle!


I May Be Contagious

Saturday, May 19, 2012

This week, after several months since I've been "gettin' busy" with my own daily fitness routines, MDH has shown signs that he's got the bug, too!

Maybe it's because he recently saw his doctor. Maybe it's because he's been reading some of the cookbook and fitness books I've left lying around the house. Maybe it's because I've been beating his high scores on the Wii Fit Plus activities. Maybe it's because he sees me on daily. It may be a combination of all these reasons. Who cares? Regardless of his real motivation, he's doing more fitness activities to get his body into shape and eat healthy.

I like to believe that I've been a positive influence. I don't mind being contagious!! It's easy when I have

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WOUBBIE 5/19/2012 11:46AM

    You're setting an excellent example! Wish my guys took it more seriously, but, they're all on the thinner side so don't think it applies to them. *eyeroll*

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