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Sparkpeople Sabbatical?

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Lately, I have been giving thought about committing to Sparkpeople less. Now, before I go any further, I LOVE Sparkpeople. emoticon

I do not want to leave. (I know no one is kicking me out.) But, it takes alot of my time up. I am very active on the boards including my two teams that I am a leader of. I feel like I made friends here and I am on here more for support than losing weight.

I don't really log my food or my exercise anymore. Mind you, I did not go back to my old habits. I still follow but I have been counting calories for the last two years, I kinda know if I am in range or not. The only time I track my fitness is when I am in competition with a sparkfriend for more minutes.

With that said, I will be working 30 hours a week, full-time college, playing intramurals and training for a Half Marathon. To say the least, I have a full plate.

This is where I turn to you all for advice.

What should I do? Go on a Sparkpeople sabbatical and stay kinda invisible?

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HANNAHV 1/31/2011 1:31AM

    Difficult one, the thing is to maintain a good balance...good luck juggling time emoticon emoticon

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ANEPANALIPTI 1/30/2011 9:42AM

    I'm glad you're not sabbaticalling. I felt the same way for a bit till i realized that i don't have to be on here 24/7, but it is something i will always be doing just because of the support and how ingrained it is in my life!

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1CRAZYDOG 1/27/2011 6:01PM

    Limit your Spark Time. See how that goes. You're right to prioritize your time. You know where we are! Hugs.

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WOMANCHEF 1/27/2011 7:34AM

    I put time limits on my Sparking. I only allow one half hour per day. My life is way too busy for more than that. Just pick out what is most important - catching up with people, team message boards, reading blogs or tracking. There is no way to do it all. emoticon

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KAKIPOPUP 1/27/2011 3:03AM

    I have to limit my spark time, especially during the week - I use it as a reward for doing things that I don't want to do (but have to) -

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VICIOUS421 1/26/2011 10:59PM

    We all reach this point in our Spark lives. You have to decide what you feel like is the right thing for you. I take 1 to 2 Spark breaks a year.

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JOAN_HEO 1/26/2011 7:56PM

    What??? You may leave? That would make me sad! =( Wh would I text?

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PURPLESPEDCOW 1/26/2011 7:23PM

    Only you can choose your priorities.

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JUSTBIRDY 1/26/2011 7:16PM

    Stay, be visible, but put some limits on your time and tasks. Do you have co-leaders? If not, and others don't step up, maybe it is time to let the teams die. People get busy all the time, so we understand. emoticon or then again, not do it!

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My First Day of Classes

Monday, January 24, 2011

I am totally stressed... and it is only the first day of classes.

It started last week, Thursday, when I found out my phone was shut off due to not paying my bill. Yup, I am not perfect. Basically, I was going to pay it to current as soon as I got my refund from financial aid.

I was getting my refund than I figured out that they were sending it to my old account from when my wallet got stolen. I called the bank, on the work phone (remember I have no phone), and they are supposed to bounce it to my new account. I have yet to see it.

I babysit two boys, ages 5 and 7. It was fine. Kinda relaxing to get away from everything. I got paid in check form so it won't be applied to my bank account until tomorrow or Wednesday. So, this means I still won't have a phone.

This morning I tried to turn on my laptop. Nothing. I just got back from bringing it in, for the four time in like the last couple years, and they will probably deem it as a lemon. This means I will get money for my new computer which I will put towards a new mac. If you have a mac, do you like it? Any issues between macs and PCs?

I went with my BF, who is going for network specialist, and vented a bit about my frustration. I made the mistake of saying I don't trust PCs because they suck. He said it's because I buy crappy computers.

Okay. Let's stop right there. I am not stupid about computers. I did go for Visual Communications Technology which is graphic design and web design. Anywho, I am not too happy.

THAN... if this isn't enough, today I dealt with...
-Not being able to buy textbooks because I don't have my refund yet.
-Being neauseus from being so stressed out
-Class from 8-12, 1-2
-Work from 3-7
-Friend situations
a. Tired of friend leaning on his health issues (long story)
b. A friend's friend being cocky about a hard class. He thinks it will be "easy".
c. Just tired.

Anyhow, I needed to get it out with someone that is supportive. Whenever I said to my BF I had a long day, he's like I am there with ya. Yes, you had a 10 hour day... but no, I kinda just wanted to someone to listen to me.

So, here I am.

And, even though I want to binge on the chocolates I got, I know I won't. It won't make things better. If anything, worse.

Tomorrow, I have badminton, emoticon, another class, counselor, than work from 3-10! Hope everyone has a wonderful week!

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JOAN_HEO 1/26/2011 8:06PM

    That made me tired just reading it!!! Good grief! I hope you have some of your finances straightened out by now. I know that, "I'm being pulled in a million directions!" thing. It's tiring! (((Hugs)))

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LIV2SSKI 1/26/2011 3:41PM

    I understand you frustrations. Sounds like the beginning of my fall semester. Take a deep breath and focus on the things you can do something about. It's the only thing that helped me through the fall. You can and will get through it.
Hope today is better. emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 1/25/2011 10:33PM

  Take a deep another more.
OK..........once the money comes in, everything should fall into place. The first week or two of classes is always the most stressful. If the stress doesn't go away, you may have to cut something out of your busy schedule, or you are going to burn out or get sick or both. Your schedule is so tight right now, that I don't see any Savannah-time. Don't forget how good that feels.
You can always vent to us. We get it. emoticon

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NAMSMOMMY 1/25/2011 10:27PM

    Here is to hoping your day improved. Just remember, there are some things we can control, others we can't. Just take a step back and make a list of the things you are thankful for. You will see just how blessed you are. HUGS!

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MSJULES01 1/25/2011 3:40PM

    Hang in there it will get better.
As for not having a phone look how peaceful and quiet it is.

You can always come here to vent. We are all here to help one another along the journey.
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CASSCAMP 1/25/2011 9:40AM

    Girl just relax. Sometimes it seems as though everything goes wrong at the same time and we stress ourselves out. Just take things one step at a time. Don't stress about what we can't control. And in the end it will work itself out i promise! hugs!

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SHERYLDS 1/25/2011 6:37AM

    Your stressing out about the $$ and the phone. It will work itself out. Take deep breaths.

As for your BF comment, about the PC.... When it comes to computers APPLE is the star in the technology world right now.

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Running.. and a predicted disappearance. ;)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

I am part of the half marathon team on here. I love it! They are really friendly and welcoming to new runners participating in half marathons.

Today on one of the threads, Nancy suggested the book, Runners Anatomy. I checked it out online and seemed like a book I wanted to read. As a poor college student, I got my tush to the public library. Only to find out they didn't have it. emoticon I think I am going to order it when I get more money.

Anywho, while I was there I picked up two other running books that should be fast reads along with talking about injuries and nutrition. When I checked out, the nice librarian was like, "So, you are a runner." My response was, "Um, sure, I guess."

Am I a runner? What does it take to be a runner? I run three times a week. Now I am reading running books. And, even, training for a HM. Sure, I am!

As a side update, if I am MIA, I am still here.. just kinda busy. Here's my next few days... and beyond.

Today - Supper with an old friend and work until 10 pm
Tomorrow - Work from 2-10
Friday - Sunday - Babysitting two kids, ages 5 and 7 (I think)
Monday - First day of classes again

Once classes start, I am going to be going full-time, working for Residence Life from 3-7 pm on Mondays, working for the YMCA from 3-10 on Tuesdays, Thursday, Saturdays, and when I am not doing all that.. I will be studying and exercising my butt off!

No big deal.. I don't need a social life, hehe! Anywho, if it seems I have disappeared, I kind of will be.. but I love you all the same!

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BUTTERFLYBLUE67 1/20/2011 4:39PM

    The Nonrunner's Marathon Guide for Women is a great book to read if your looking for books about running. It's really funny and it's about a young lady who ran a marathon for the first time. You'll love it.

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HALFFAST 1/20/2011 4:03PM

    Yep, you are definitely a runner :) How's your training going? Today is my w2d3 (2-mile run or CT). I think I'm going to do CT tonight so I can ride my bike and watch Dexter.

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PATRICIAANN46 1/20/2011 3:14PM

  Oh the busy life of a college student...............I still remember never having enough hours in a day!!!
I will be thinking of you as you go to classes, study, work, run, exercise, etc. etc. etc..............Just remember to take care of yourself and to have FUN you don't burn out.
emoticon cuz you are emoticon!!!

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69NURSE 1/20/2011 9:21AM

    For me, I know I am not a runner; however, it doesn't mean I won't try to be one. I am a member of the HM team also(did my first one last Oct as a walk/jog and finished in 3:06, not great but not too shabby). I just signed up for the HM in Pittsburgh PA in March and am really excited since there will be so many sparkers there to meet and learn from.

Good luck with all you do. School can be challenging enough without everything else you have on your plate so don't let yourself get run down. Take me time for YOU EVERY day - even if it is only 5 minutes to relax and give yourself a big hug.

Have a great day and wonderful weekend. emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 1/20/2011 8:28AM

    Well, you've gotten the advice I would give about ordering it through your library. I do that all the time, too.

Take care of yourself with your busy schedule! Glad the 1/2 marathon group is helping you and YES you would fit my definition of a runner!! You go girl!

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LOUANN22 1/19/2011 5:18PM

    You sure are pretty busy. Good luck with the running books and your busy life. remember to take time for you too.

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SHERYLDS 1/19/2011 4:05PM

    why buy it? ever reserve a book from the library? I do it all the time. Glad you're having fun with the half marathon group. Go for it ..Savannah

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HEIDISO 1/19/2011 3:53PM

    Did you check and see if the library can get it in from a different library? I know that many of them in the area are networked. Like if I want a specific book and Hayward doesn't have it they can get it from Superior or Ashland or other places. Also check if you can get a digital copy either to read on the computer or audio that you could download to your ipod.

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BAILEYS7OF9 1/19/2011 3:39PM

    I got the Running for Mortals at the library. It was great. I was at week 7 of the C25K when I finally got it and with all the help from SP teams, I was doing everything that was in the book!

Good luck on your half!

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GETFIT2LIVE 1/19/2011 3:23PM

    You're definitely a runner! I read a quote that sums it up: "The difference between a runner and a jogger is an entry form." And I love the Half Marathon team, it's great!!

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ANEPANALIPTI 1/19/2011 2:51PM

    Oh yeah you are a runner! I hope you'll have time to blog once a week! :D

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Race History - Accidently Erased! :(

Monday, January 17, 2011

Some people restart their spark page. Honestly, I have no idea how they can erase all their work and never see it again.

I love looking at my page. When I am having a bad day, when nothing makes me smile, it does. It is wonderful to see how far I have come. I realize one day I probably won't be on here... so I am making a scrapbook with pictures, race bibs and my blogs. Sometime tangible to hang onto.

Anywho.. tonight I was updating my introduction to my sparkpage. I decided long time ago, I need something new, fresh. In fact, I have been thinking of changing my background photo, too. I had it all written, saved a few times over the course of re-writing it. I looked at it.. and than that is when I realized that my race history is gone from the first 5K I did.

I think I will take a moment to pout. emoticon

Than, as I start to try to rewrite it, I realized all my times are gone too. Can I cry now? emoticon

I think I will.

*big sigh*

So, I guess I could try to remember all my races or consider them history. I do have a few race bibs and photos but not all of them.

Any suggestions? Advice? Condolence?

Ladies and gentlemen, this is the EXACT reason you could write them down on a hard copy of piece of paper.

Whether I try to remember my past races or not, I think it will have to wait until tomorrow. I am too sad to think about it tonight.

EDIT: 01/17/11 @ 10:59

So, I was pretty bummed about the racing dates and times and I was telling my BF. He is just SO sweet. He is really good with computers and is going to college for Network Specialist. So, proud of him! Anywho, he asked if it was on the computer. Basically, he was going to go into the computer and find it for me. How awesome would that had been.. if that was the case.. but it wasn't. I told him how much I really appreciated it. Than, he's like... "*hugs* I'd do d*mn near anything for you." I found this really sweet and just about melted my heart which I HAD to share!

As for the dates/times, they are history but I have my races for 2011 all set up again. Hopefully I don't erase them! emoticon

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JUSTBIRDY 1/24/2011 9:24AM

    Oh, how sweet!

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SNOWFILLY 1/20/2011 7:41AM

    Yep, he is a keeper. emoticon

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DELPHYNE 1/19/2011 3:40PM

    Is this it, hon? I hope so! I found a cached page through Google...


BR>CASDA 5K Walk/Run, Superior, WI - October 3rd, 2009 - Participated
Jingle Bell 5K Walk/Run, Duluth, MN - December 9, 2009 - Participated

ack 4.7 Mile Walk/Run, Hayward, WI - July 25th, 2010 - 1:15:09
Dr. Nancy English Memorial Foundation 5k Run/Walk - July 31st - 42:00
Paws for Cause 5k Walk/Run, Superior, WI - September 11 - Estimated 45:00 minutes
CASDA 5K Run/Walk, Superior, WI - September 25th - 37:38

Fitger's 5K, Duluth, MN - April 16th
Apple Blossom 10K Run, Bayfield, WI - May 22nd
Twin Cities Marathon, Twin Cities (HM) - June 5th
Aquafest 10K, Rice Lake, WI - June 15th
Park Point 5-Miler, Duluth, MN - July 16th
Jack Pine Salvage Days, Spooner, WI - August 7th
Sam I Am, Tumors I Do Not Like Them...10k Run/Walk for the Cure, Virginia, MN - August 15th
CASDA 5K Run/Walk, Superior, WI - September 25th
Cruisin' the Corridor 10K, Ashland, WI - October 9th
Minnesota Renaissance Festival 5K - TBD

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PATRICIAANN46 1/18/2011 8:45PM

  Hang onto that guy!!!!! What a sweetheart!!!!! emoticon

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BAILEYS7OF9 1/18/2011 5:34PM

    I am really liking this BF!

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SPARKMEAGAN11 1/18/2011 12:54PM

    So sorry! But what your BF told you was the SWEETEST. ;D

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ARARUTH 1/18/2011 1:21AM

    do any of your past blogs have the info? sorry you lost your info!


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Vent: My Co-workers!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sorry, but I need to vent to someone about this.

In the first few weeks, I noticed.. let's call it "catty". Not sure if that is the right word though. Basically two of the people that have worked there for a while was trying to get one of the guys fired. Okay, fine IF he's not doing the closing tasks. I found out this week that SAME girl asked the guy she was trying to get fired to work for her!!! Pretty low, if you ask me!

Anyhow, after I have gotten everything done at work, I sometimes sit in the office. I have asked for what else I can do. My boss started to give me some projects but I get SO bored so easily. I cannot put things away because we have been busy so people are using the weights and all. *sigh* Anyhow, I feel like these two girls brought it up to her. Mind you, just this past Friday I worked because the guy that works Fridays (and only Fridays!!!) got sick. Keep in mind, I saw him the night before at like 9 pm so I am not sure if I am buying into it but okay, sure, I will help you out... I will work.. on three hours of sleep! That's the problem.. I will bend over backwards for my job and usually I don't get it in return.

Okay.. deep breath.

Today, we got an email saying we shouldn't be in the office for periods of time. Yes, I know we shouldn't. I have everything done. What do they want me to do? Stare at people working out? Sometimes people just do not want to chit chat when they run. They want to be left alone!

I am really wondering if this job is going to help me in the field. I also am concerned about balancing this job with my class load.

Okay, I think I am done. Thanks for listening!


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1CRAZYDOG 1/20/2011 8:26AM

    Stay away from catty girls. DO ask your boss what would help out rather than sitting in the office. I think you're right to point out that people exercising (running . . . whatever) sometimes prefer to just be left alone! And yes, I think you need to maybe make a pro and con list of how you view your job in the scheme of things like benefiting your future career. Certainly you won't quit this job before you have another one, but at least this will help you weigh which direction to go in with this job. Bear in mind, though, you are going to find catty people ANYWHERE you work. **SIGH** Had my share of that myself.

Have a peaceful day....and hope you got some sleep!

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HANNAHV 1/17/2011 6:04AM

    You sound tired? maybe lacking some precious will know emoticon Try seeing to yourself first and the rest will fall into place, maybe it's time to review your goals and reason for working there.

Good luck emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 1/16/2011 5:09PM

  If you really like the job and want to stay with it, I would stay away from the "Catty" girls. They are always trouble and NOT to be trusted. Just do what is expected of you to the best of your ability and ask the boss where she would like you to be rather than in the office. Tell her what you said here about how people who are exercising really want to be left alone and you want to respect their wishes.
If you really don't like the job and it is interfering with your schedule, then I would look for something else.
Good Luck. I know you will do what is best. emoticon

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P0KERS0PH 1/16/2011 4:35PM

    My job has been getting me down so I have been applying for new jobs, I have an interview in 2 weeks time.
I hope you can resolve your issues, if not make a change.

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