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Have you Ever Lost/Erased a Blog Entry before Posting? Here's the Solution!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

I read this on a "tips and tricks" page for my new BLC team.

Sometimes my cursor jumps up and selects a few lines (or my entire blog) and deletes it in one keystroke!! Has that ever happened to you?

Before you panic, do this:

Press and hold your CTRL key and then press Z. It's the equivalent of an "undo" button.

I tried it yesterday and it worked! I had to press the Z three times, but there it was: my paragraph that accidentally got deleted!

Give it a shot!

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MEADSBAY 9/14/2014 8:31PM

Now I need a tip on how to remember that!

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WATERMELLEN 9/14/2014 6:03PM

    New trick for me: and thanks!!!

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 9/14/2014 5:07PM

    I usually compose my blogs in Word and then cut and paste them. It gives me an opportunity to write several at a time and never be in danger of losing them. Ctrl z is good too!

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AJDOVER1 9/14/2014 4:54PM

    sometimes I lose a blog and then realize it was probably all for the best....

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    Thanks ,I have lost blogs before. Now I know what to do.

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NEW-CAZ 9/14/2014 3:11PM

    great tip! thanks

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GABY1948 9/14/2014 3:02PM

    I didn't know this one but I have done just that before and you can also right click and pick "undo" from that menu and it puts it all back also!

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MYTHMYTH 9/14/2014 1:44PM

    Thanks for the useful information!

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_CYNDY55_ 9/14/2014 10:19AM

    emoticonso much for the Great tip!

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EBEAMS 9/14/2014 10:08AM

    I love great hints and tips! Thanks!

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BOOKAPHILE 9/14/2014 10:05AM

    Thanks for sharing that "secret."

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SLENDERELLA61 9/14/2014 10:02AM

    Thanks. That happens to me from time to time and it is annoying. Ctrl-Z. I got it!

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HIPPICHICK1 9/14/2014 9:31AM

    cntrl Z rocks!
Another tip:
Write your blog on a word processing program then copy and paste, and post.

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HMBROWN1 9/14/2014 9:18AM

    You rock! That has happened to me several times. I thought it was just me. Ctrl - Z, great idea!

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KANOE10 9/14/2014 8:52AM

    Good advice. I have lost blogs before!

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SANDICANE 9/14/2014 8:51AM

    Fabulous tip!

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JAROL7 9/14/2014 8:46AM

    Yep ... you are right. It almost always works in any software program.

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Things are Looking UP

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Happy Saturday, Sparkfriends!!

After more than a week I finally, finally FINALLY have an appointment with a physical therapist scheduled for Monday afternoon.

Physically I am feeling much better. Yesterday I did 3.5 miles on the treadmill but only 15 minutes of a Pilates class -- too much strain on that hip. emoticon I also have to be very careful about "pivoting", twisting and heavy lifting. I am not 100% by any means.

This morning TC and I did 7 slow miles on our city trail. YES, I was feeling it by the end but YES, I could have done more if I had to! I am highly encouraged. I've slowly been increasing my activity so I don't overdo and set myself back.

I am happy to have a PT appt. on Monday to help me determine when I can move forward with more rigorous training. We SHOULD be walking up & down Mt. Nebo (1800 feet and 2.5 miles one way with all the switchbacks) on a regular basis to prepare for the 5-7 hours we'll be hiking daily in Nepal. I'm hoping the PT can help rehabilitate that area so I won't need to depend on Celebrex and muscle relaxers. But I'm hopeful! Four weeks to go.

IN OTHER NEWS, we have another work shift at the county fair tonight, and I will follow the same strategy as Thursday. I will take a boca burger and my homemade chicken and lentil soup.

I've joined the fall Biggest Loser Challenge, and it really WILL be a challenge since our trip is in the middle of it! My goal will be to maintain my weight, whatever it is when we leave, and what a concept, right? Usually vacations are a free-for-all emoticon in my mind, which is ridiculous considering how much we travel. I need to get a grip on that line of thinking or I'll NEVER hit my goal weight!

Nothing else new here, so I'll sign off. I'll let you know tomorrow whether I followed my Fair food plan.


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BOOKAPHILE 9/14/2014 12:33PM

    You have such a great attitude. Best wishes for a very helpful PT session that agrees with the upcoming trip exertions.

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KANOE10 9/14/2014 9:34AM

    Yes, on getting the PT apt. Good luck on your fair strategy!

You are on a health roll my friend.

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NANCY- 9/14/2014 8:05AM

    So glad things are looking up for you. :)

As for vacations being a free for all ... I remind myself that it is about the adventure not about the food and be to mindful about those food choices. Some food choices can create miserable vacations. if you know what I mean.
You could set yourself up with some food rules or do what you did at the fair, sample your husband's. You WILL find what works for you.

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 9/14/2014 6:59AM

    If you follow the PT's instructions, you should be good to go!


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SANDICANE 9/14/2014 12:58AM

    Oh, I do hope you are able to begin "training" for your vacation soon! It sounds like a fab trip and what a super idea to maintain your weight throughout it!

Congrats on the boca burger and home made soup plan...hope you'll be feeling your old self very soon!

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AJDOVER1 9/14/2014 12:49AM

    Such great news! Hope you have continued progress. Best wishes at the fair again!

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KELLIEBEAN 9/13/2014 11:06PM

    That's great you have a PT appointment so hopefully you are on your way!

Sending healthy recovery vibes your way!

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WATERMELLEN 9/13/2014 6:30PM

    I'm betting you were compliant -- and hopeful your physio can get you in optimal shape for the big trek coming up!!

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SUGAR0814 9/13/2014 6:17PM

    So glad you got an appointment to see a PT!! emoticon

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SASHAY40 9/13/2014 4:40PM

    What team are you on with the BLC?? I'm a Jungle Tiger!! Good Luck with the Challenge and PT! 7 Miles!! WOOHOO!! That's great!

I also hurt my hip. Good Luck, Sashay emoticon

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MARMAERT 9/13/2014 4:13PM

    Great on the PT news! You will be glad you could have it in Nepal! Maybe they will give you some exercises to do there.

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WIFE48 9/13/2014 3:48PM

    Wishing you the best on your PT

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GABY1948 9/13/2014 3:47PM

    I hope your PT does help you....what a bummer. It's good the Celebrex works...I take it too and love it!

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LIVELAUFLUV 9/13/2014 3:24PM

    Glad you are feeling better! Hope PT helps!

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NSV at the County Fair

Friday, September 12, 2014

Yummm.....FAIR FOOD....that siren song (and smell) of fat, sugar, and salt...

Yesterday I told you what my plan was, and I thought it was reasonable. But I know myself. Truthfully I knew that if I didn't get a dinner break until 8 pm I probably would NOT stop at a hamburger without the top bun when I could eat anything & everything I wanted FOR FREE!

But then I started Sparking and I saw this on INDYGIRL's Page:

I read some blogs.

I read my GOAL BOARD CHECK IN on my Start page that includes some questions from Linda Sprangle's "100 Days of Weight Loss":

1. Is this food special?

2. Is this food worthy of you?

3. Can you stop eating once you start?

Um....NO - NO - and NO!

1. Fair food is not special. It is not pecan pie made from pecans picked yesterday off your neighbor's tree. It is not your grandmother's homemade noodles that she makes once a year for Thanksgiving. It is not the fudge your sister makes at Christmas.

2. Fair food is not worthy of me. There is no redeeming value, no nutritional value.

3. No, I can't stop once I start. I would over-eat until I was over-full.


So what did I do?

I wore my size 8 jean shorts that USED to fit well but are now tight.

I took my dinner. I made a vegan boca burger with cheese, pickles, and lettuce. I made a salad with feta and my new favorite dressing, Olive Garden Light (only 30 calories for 2 tbls.) I took carrots and celery sticks.

And when TC ordered a grilled cheese, a cheeseburger, french fries and ice cream I ordered a diet Coke.

We ate very leisurely and companionably while listening to the country music band.

I did have some of his soft-serve ice cream. I did have a bite of his grilled cheese. But then I ate my own meal and I felt good.

I didn't miss a thing.

Today I feel good because my weight is down a bit, and I don't have any lost ground to make up. I feel good because I don't have shame, regret, or other negative feelings about myself or my choices.

Have a great day, Spark Peeps!

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MARYBETH4884 9/13/2014 12:07PM

    emoticon emoticon Great NSV!!!

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FORZACHANDMATT 9/13/2014 11:52AM

    Great job

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BOOKAPHILE 9/13/2014 10:54AM

    Very well done! You have good reason to be pleased with your actions!

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NANCY- 9/13/2014 9:06AM

Love that you questioned if food is worthy of me. I use a similar question when shopping. Is that something I want to bring into my home and into my body.

Usually those lurid foods that seduce us end up being disappointing.

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KANOE10 9/13/2014 7:17AM

    emoticon I have the 100 Days of Weight loss and find it helpful. Those were great questions. You are inspirational with your solution which was healthy..and in keeping away from trigger food. One of my favorite tools is to tell myself that I will wake up happy the next morning with my choices. You are a great example of that.

I have also used that technique of wearing my tightest clothes to keep myself on track and to remember that they are tight and should not get any tighter.

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SANDICANE 9/13/2014 7:02AM

    Wow, you took the power back from the food and left is squarely on your shoulders! Congrats on such a fabulous win! Honestly, it's better than winning a marathon!!

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SUGAR0814 9/12/2014 9:15PM

    emoticon I'll do the same when the fair comes to my area! I'll eat before I get there & take some snacks. Thanks for the tips!! You are emoticon !!

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WATERMELLEN 9/12/2014 7:14PM

    Great blog -- and gotta say, I particularly like that question, "Is this food worthy of me?" Will be asking myself!!

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MEADSBAY 9/12/2014 6:56PM

    Good job, my friend!

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 9/12/2014 4:31PM

    I love the strategy of taking a bite of what attracts you and then leaving it to someone else to carry on. I do that to my husband all the time; in return, he gets my leftovers. It's a fair trade!


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AJDOVER1 9/12/2014 4:12PM

    How cool! I also have a set of questions that are slightly different from yours -- but they work for me!

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JLOVESDOGS 9/12/2014 3:33PM

    emoticon job!

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GABY1948 9/12/2014 11:51AM

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ROBBIEY 9/12/2014 9:16AM

  emoticon You're doing it, just keep pushing forward!!!

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SPORT410 9/12/2014 8:54AM

    good for you, our state fair is next week, I can only hope that I have your will power. BAck home there was a fair almost every weekend from July to Oct, here there are only 2 fairs and they are Apr and Oct, missed Aprils....., but I only eat fair food once a year now, maybe twice if I make both fairs

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Off To the Fair

Thursday, September 11, 2014

I still haven't gotten an appointment with a physical therapist yet. It's been a week since I saw my primary care physician and had xrays. Hopefully today I'll get it straightened out. You really have to stay on these people and be your own medical advocate. My physician has approved PT but as of yesterday afternoon no one from her office faxed the "permission" to the PT office. Yes, I have to have an order from a medical doctor before my insurance will cover the visits.

The good news is I'm becoming more and more active with less and less pain. I think it's due to the Celebrex. I did class on Tuesday and survived, and 4.5 miles on the treadmill yesterday (broken up into a couple sessions) and survived. I'm stiff this morning but not in great pain. Of course 4.5 miles on the treadmill is NOT equivalent to 6-8 miles of hiking, much of it uphill or up and down stone steps. I am still not 100%.

Tonight we are working at our county fair. My husband is a Master Gardener and one of their service projects is to man the two buildings that house the entries for baking, canning, sewing, home crafts, best fruits/vegetables, flowers, etc. It's a real "old fashioned" county fair with pigs, cows, goats, chickens, 4H projects, rides, games, and lots and lots of food!

As part of our 4-hour shift we get a dinner ticket. Of course, fair food is -- fair food. NOT healthy!

Usually I agonize over what I'm going to eat, and either eat nothing (take a Subway or just don't eat) or go berserk and eat anything I want!

Tonight I think I'll compromise: how about a hamburger minus the top bun, and then bring cut-up fruit and baby carrots? I think that will work.

So that's all the news from my corner of the universe. Time to get ready for class -- Power Pump and then Light Yoga.

Have a Sparkalicious Day!

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NANCY- 9/12/2014 8:27AM

    Loved your awareness, cannot wait to hear how things went at the fair.

I could get started on a rant about having to be our own advocate in healthcare, but what about the folks who are too sick, in pain and cannot be an advocate for themselves or they do not know there are other options.

Hope you get that referral soon.

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KANOE10 9/12/2014 7:56AM

    I am glad you are feeling better with cekebrex and can resume your exercise. That is good news. I went through the same thing with delays on Physical Therapy due to getting needed approval.
Have fun at the fair.. you have a healthy eating plan.

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SUGAR0814 9/12/2014 12:25AM

    Enjoy the fair! Love the way you are compromising with the food! emoticon

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AJDOVER1 9/11/2014 10:31PM

    Sounds like a good plan for the fair food. Drink plenty of water and you'll be okay. It's good to hear your having more mobility and less pain! That's progress.

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GABY1948 9/11/2014 5:47PM

    GREAT plan for your food at the fair! Hope you have a wonderful time! emoticon

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 9/11/2014 2:23PM

    I'm glad you're improving and hope the exercise helps you get in the kind of shape you need to be in for your trip. Have fun at the fair!

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ID_VANDAL 9/11/2014 11:17AM

    Sounds like a good food plan for the fair. When PM and I went we had BBQ - very sloppy and not healthy at all - you are way ahead of the game if you stick to your plan.

Sorry about the PT. Seems like it should be simple but we humans just have to find a way to make things complicated - you remember the line from my former CEO about our marketing department and how they could make things complicated don't you?

Have a good time at the fair.



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MYTHMYTH 9/11/2014 9:39AM

    Glad to hear that you are feeling better! Love those old fashioned fairs! When the kids were little we went every year. They especially loved seeing all of the different breeds of chickens. Hope that you have a great time.

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ROCKYCPA 9/11/2014 8:38AM

    Enjoy the fair - congrats on feeling better and doing more!

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Good news!

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

X-rays show no fracture or crack in my "sacral area."

So I'm going back to my fitness class today, the first one in 3 weeks.

I talk to the doctor tomorrow and will ask AGAIN for a referral for physical therapy. I still have pain in my hip and walking down stairs is hard and painful. The meds are helping, for sure, but I need physical therapy -- on this trip there is one day when we'll be walking down 1,500 stone steps!

But I am encouraged and feel I can still get healed up in time to take this trip in less than 5 weeks.

So have a great Tuesday everyone, and my best advice is STAY OFF LADDERS!

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AJDOVER1 9/10/2014 12:23PM

    So good to hear!
Stick to walking under ladders -- probably not such bad luck for you!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 9/10/2014 11:44AM

    That IS good news. Physical Therapy can work wonders. Hang in there!

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JPANNELL0 9/10/2014 10:36AM

    Glad to hear nothing broken. Take care and heal fast!

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SUGAR0814 9/9/2014 11:18PM

    Don't overdo it in your fitness class! We want you well! Praying the doctor gives you a referral for PT, but if not, get some stretchy bands, do ice baths, and use a heating pad. emoticon

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LESLIESENIOR 9/9/2014 11:07PM

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ALIIDA 9/9/2014 10:11PM

    I'm so glad things are looking better for your injury, but I hope you can get physical therapy to get into best condition for all those steps!

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HIPPICHICK1 9/9/2014 9:20PM

    What a relief that must be! Physical therapy is good, but in case you have to wait for treatment, might I suggest yoga? I've found it has done wonders for me. It's improved my balance greatly too. I feel very sure-footed now.
Enjoy your upcoming adventures!

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    Good news indeed! For both you and your upcoming trip!

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    Woohoo - that's great news

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BUTTERFLY-1976 9/9/2014 11:08AM

    I'm soo happy to hear there's no fracture or crack!!! This is really good news emoticon

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ID_VANDAL 9/9/2014 10:46AM

    Glad to hear that there was no fracture! I get why doctors are reluctant to do referrals but I do wish they would spend more time with the patient to find our what is really going on.

I am sooo jealous of your trip to Nepal - just keep doing what you are doing so that you enjoy all of it!

You got lots of good advice in your responses to the blog and LJOYCE55 had a very good idea regarding the PT. I would check it out with my insurer although I bet they say "no - you need a referral" but hey you never know until you ask.



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GABY1948 9/9/2014 9:33AM

    emoticon that there is no fracture! God for the PT and with your attitude I know you can do it!

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JLOVESDOGS 9/9/2014 9:04AM

    Take it easy in that class! Glad you can go back!

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KABMPH 9/9/2014 9:01AM

    Did your doctor say it would be OK to do Cardio Pump? I might hold off another day and ask when you go. I'd hate for you to hurt yourself further. Please be careful!

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NANCY- 9/9/2014 8:01AM

    Great news!
Hope you get that referral. Just remember it takes time to heal.

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LJOYCE55 9/9/2014 8:00AM

  Wonder if you actually need a referral for the PT? I would call my insurance company to check.

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KANOE10 9/9/2014 7:47AM

    Good news on no fracture. Yay! I would go for the Physical Therapy also. I am happy for you.

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